In virology/serology, we test specimens for evidence of viral, rickettsial, fungal and protozoal infections in cattle, horses, dogs, and cats, as well as select testing for viruses of pigs, sheep, goats, wildlife, llamas, alpacas, amphibians and marine mammals. Serology/virology also conducts fluorescent antibody testing and serological testing for various viral, bacterial, rickettsial, protozoal and fungal pathogens.
Two main groups of tests are offered:
- Tests that determine the actual presence of infectious disease agents or its components (antigens and toxins) including virus isolation (VI), direct fluorescent antibody (FA) examination, electron microscopy (EM), antigen-ELISA, and cytotoxic assays
- Tests that provide evidence of exposure such as various serological assays
The fluorescent antibody (FA) test is the most widely used antigen detection system for rapid laboratory diagnosis. Testing is completed on frozen sections of fresh tissue only. Fluorescent antibody test results are reliable if fresh and appropriate tissues are tested. Other rapid diagnostic testing offered includes ELISA and electron microscopy (EM). When possible, separate specimens should be submitted for EM.
More questions? Call (706) 542-5568 to speak with the virology manager.