The Marine Mammal Diagnostic Service at the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL) provides a comprehensive infectious disease and pathology testing program to serve the needs of marine biologists and veterinarians working in stranding/rehabilitation centers, zoos, aquariums, amusement parks, government, and academic institutions worldwide. The AVDL at the University of Georgia is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians based on the ISO17025 standard. We provide expert diagnostic services in the areas of bacteriology, electron microscopy, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, necropsy, molecular diagnostics, mycology, serology, and virology. Our marine mammal diagnostic service is premised on the on the belief that each test we perform directly touches animals’ and people’s lives. To accomplish our mission, the AVDL is equipped with the most modern equipment for classical and molecular diagnostics. We continuously expand our services as testing needs for marine mammals evolve.
The service is supervised by Dr. Jeremiah Saliki, who pioneered the development of serological tests for marine morbilliviruses in the mid-1990s shortly after several mass mortality events involving harbor seals in the North Sea, Siberian seals in Lake Baikal, and dolphins in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico. Our marine mammal diagnostic team includes 4 board-certified pathologists, one microbiologist, one virologist, and several well trained technicians who undertake annual USDA-administered proficiency tests.
Marine mammal submission form is required for submitting marine mammal samples to our laboratory. To submit marine mammal samples from outside the United States, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) requirements must also be met; click here for more information on how to submit samples from outside the United States. For more detailed and general information on available tests, pricing, and turn-around time, click here.