Diagnostic & Service Labs

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

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, tumor diagnosticians, 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

Submit a Specimen

Everything you need to know

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.

Join Our Newsletter



Latest CVM News and Stories

  • CVM welcomes 114 incoming veterinary students in white coat ceremony

    The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed the class of 2023 during its annual White Coat Ceremony held Sunday, Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) and VCA Animal Hospitals, and attended by members of…

  • Zoobiquity conference to bring together animal and human health professionals in Atlanta

    The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with Emory University and the Clinical Translational Science Alliance (CTSA), will host Zoobiquity ATL September 13, 2019 at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta. The latest in a long line…

  • UGA CVM hires pair of pathologists

    The College of Veterinary Medicine today announced that it has hired Dr. Jesse Hostetter to lead its renowned veterinary pathology department. Hostetter currently serves as professor and director of comparative pathology service and graduate education in the Department of Veterinary…