At the IDL, we pride ourselves on providing fast and accurate diagnoses and excellent customer service to clinicians and researchers. We are here to partner with you and to help you be successful.
Contact info, downloadable forms and useful links
Lab: (706) 542-5812
Office: (706) 542-8092
Fax: (706) 583-0843
Note: Please put “Inquiry” (without quotation marks) in the Subject heading. Emails without “Inquiry” are treated as spam and irrevocably discarded.
Infectious Diseases Laboratory
110 Riverbend Rd
Riverbend North, Room 150
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Note: Packages shipped to the old 501 D.W. Brooks Drive address may not reach our lab for an additional day or two, which will delay the turnaround for sample results. Please make sure to ship your package to our Riverbend address!
Below is a listing of our downloadable submission forms as well as instructions on collecting samples and shipping those samples to us. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Avian and Exotics
Shipping instructions for samples in Formalin
Petco Submission Spreadsheet
News and stories you may find helpful
- What is “plasticosis”? Is it a ticking time bomb for animal and human health? Watch Dr. Ritchie’s presentation to the International Ornithologists’ Union.
- AVMA: SARS-CoV-2 in animals, including pets
- Roche Lightcycler Systems for real-time PCR
- Real-time PCR tutorial
- Compendium of Measures to Control Chlamydia psittaci Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017 [PDF]
- Genotyping of Chlamydophila [PDF]
- Use of an inactivated virus vaccine to control polyomavirus outbreaks in nine flocks of psittacine birds
- Koi Herpesvirus
- A Review of PDD
- Dr. Bran Ritchie recognized for helping to create a “Better World”
- Molecular Therapeutics — Silvion and Silvaklenz
- CBS Atlanta 46 story on antimicrobials Silvion and Silvaklenz
Statement of Ownership of Diagnostic Specimens
Submission of specimens for testing by the University of Georgia Infectious Diseases Laboratory (IDL) using any of our submission forms constitutes a contract for delivery of test results and associated interpretations to the submitter. The submitted specimens, as well as products, isolates, and data derived from them become the property of the University of Georgia. Submitted specimens may be returned to clients if prior arrangements are made with the lab. In the special case of carcasses submitted for necropsy, remains will only be released to registered pet cremation services.
Please contact us if you would like more information about this policy.