Diagnostic & Service Labs

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

General diagnostic services for all species.

*** TEMPORARY UPS CHANGES***
The current UPS statewide contract used for deeply discounted shipping of diagnostic specimens expired November 27th. As of now, pricing has reverted to UPS commercial rates until the contract is renewed. These new prices are expected to be 3 to 4 times higher than the previously deeply discounted price. In the Greater Atlanta Area, we encourage all clients to use our affordable local courier partner 4QL for the most rapid and reliable method to get specimens to the laboratory. If you are outside the GTA, you can call us to provide temporary individual Fed/Ex labels in lieu of UPS if desired.

Great Service. Trusted Results.


Our diagnostic labs are committed to providing quality, efficient, and affordable service to veterinarians, the livestock industry, and researchers throughout Georgia and the world. From testing and interpretation of results to consultation services, we provide our clients with information to prevent or treat veterinary issues for a wide variety of animal species.

Two fully accredited locations to serve you

Both the Athens and Tifton Diagnostic Laboratories are fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Our multidisciplinary labs, partially funded through a contract with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, work to detect and characterize most animal diseases. We offer diagnostic services for companion, farm, aquatic/marine, and zoo species. Our board-certified pathologists, highly trained laboratory professionals, and infectious disease experts are available for consultation both before and after sample submission.

General Diagnostic Services

A wide range of tests

Marine Mammal Diagnostic Services

At our Athens location, we offer a full range of infectious disease and pathology…

Lab Animal Diagnostic Services

Committed to laboratory animal health

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Our Certifications

AAVLD accreditation assures the clients of the laboratory that results are accurate and of the highest quality by assuring the competence of personnel, the proper function of the facilities and equipment, and appropriate documentation of all laboratory tests and processes.

AAVLD accreditation is based on an on-site audit which follows a prolonged detailed review of laboratory documents, including the quality-assurance and policy manuals, system standard operating procedures, training records, financial status, and information technology policies. To obtain accreditation, members of the AAVLD accreditation committee and special auditors conduct an audit of each laboratory, reviewing equipment, facilities, safety procedures and compliance with the laboratory’s Quality System, as well as testing SOPs in an intense multiple-day inspection.

AAVLD Accreditation is based on the internationally-recognized ISO/IEC 17025 standard and is consistent with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Quality Standard for Veterinary Laboratories. Accreditation is a formal recognition of the competency of laboratories and increases client confidence in diagnostic test results. In order to further demonstrate technical competence between accreditation assessments, personnel from accredited laboratories are also required to participate in relevant proficiency-testing programs. Accreditation contributes to continuous improvement and is a management tool that can be used to increase laboratory efficiency, which is critical in times of emergency or limited funding.

Laboratories participating in the USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network may be involved in surveillance for early detection of foreign animal disease, surge testing during an outbreak, and testing samples during the outbreak recovery phase. As such, there must be a high degree of confidence in the quality of the laboratories and associated test results. Accreditation is also necessary for assurance and acceptance of test results for live animal export to other countries.

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