About Us

Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is part of the larger VDPAM department, its faculty and staff are extensively connected to and serve food animal agriculture. In addition to our laboratory, faculty and staff operate the Food Animal and Camelid Hospital, the ISU Veterinary Field Service, the ISU Embryo Transfer Service and the Food Animal Theriogenology Service units as well as which provide the latest medical and surgical services and reproductive technologies to the region. VDPAM also house the Swine Medicine Education Center and numerous extension veterinarians.

ISU VDL Mission

  • Provide comprehensive and cutting edge diagnostic services 
  • Deliver accessible, timely, accurate, valid and consistent test results
  • Detect and identify emerging domestic and foreign animal disease
  • Lead efforts in disease surveillance and eradication
  • Provide educational opportunities to professional and graduate students, scientists, diagnosticians and practitioners
  • Develop state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques
  • Direct or support studies to provide understanding of pathogenesis, transmission, epidemiology and control of infectious and toxicological diseases

ISU VDL group photo - 2023