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Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

University of Wyoming

1174 Snowy Range Road

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-9925

Toll Free: 1-800-442-8331

Fax: (307) 721-2051

Email: wlaegrei@uwyo.edu

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
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Frequently Asked Questions

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the WSVL mission?

The mission of the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory is to provide accessible, timely, accountable, and accurate diagnostic services, animal disease research, & education to veterinarians, students, others interested in animal health, and the people of Wyoming.


What are the hours of operation for sample drop off?

We are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the academic year (generally late August to early May), and from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm during the summer months.


Where can I drop off samples?

We are located at 1174 Snowy Range Road in Laramie. Our sample drop off is located at the back of the building, at the southwestern corner. You can access this area by driving around the round part of the building on the west side, turning right once on the back side of the facility and turning left at your first opportunity. There is also a drop box and carcass drop off near this door. Please see the map located on our website.


What do I need to do if I'd want a necropsy performed on animal?

Please call first for the pathologist on duty (main office: 307-766-9925).  The pathologist may want to discuss the case with you.


How will I receive my results?

You can receive your results in a variety of ways – we can fax or email them to your office, we can call your office, or you can access them online at the WSVL Web Client Access Database website.


How will I receive my bill?

Bills/invoices are printed and mailed when your case is finalized.


What is the difference between an invoice and a statement?

An invoice lists, in detail, the charges and total due fro that particular case.  A statement lists all cases on your account for past the month, with only the total cost of each case listed.  Invoices are generated for each case but statements are generated once a month.


Does the WSVL accept credit cards?

Visa and Mastercard are both accepted by the WSVL.  The service for these payments may be found on UW's financial system or our Pay Your Bill link.


What test do you offer?

We offer tests in various areas of analysis, including necropsy, histopathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, clinical pathology, toxicology, and genetics. The WSVL also operates a State-Federal Cooperative program to provide for regulatory testing that is requested within the state [e.g. Brucellosis and EIA testing (Coggins test)]. For a complete list of tests offered, please see our Fee Schedule, listed under Client Services.


Does the WSVL test for rabies?

Yes, we test for rabies. As this is a public health service, there is no charge for in-state rabies testing. Information can be found on the Fee Schedule, listed under Client Services.


What samples should I submit?

The WSVL analyzes a variety of sample from animals, their feeds, and their environment. The specimen type can vary from whole carcasses to blood samples. Samples required vary by test, and are listed on the Fee Schedule, listed under Client Services. Please call either the lab section of interest or 307-766-9925 with other questions.


How much does each test cost?

Test costs vary by type of test and number of samples. Please see our Fee Schedule, listed under Client Services.


How long will it take to get my results?

Testing time varies by test, and guidelines are listed on the Fee Schedule, listed under Client Services. All times are estimates, and can vary based on staffing, workload, and other considerations.


Are my results confidential?  Are results generated at the WSVL used for other purposes?

Maintenance of client confidentiality is fundamental for the WSVL. However, there are exceptions. If a foreign animal disease is suspected, the WSVL works closely with the State Veterinarian to provide information to the USDA’s Area Veterinarian in Charge. WSVL will report findings related to public health (rabies, plague, tularemia, Q fever, salmonellosis) to the Wyoming Department of Health. The WSVL will also collect summary data and use case materials to augment our research and extension missions, though this is done in such a manner as to avoid breaking client confidence.


How does the WSVL assure the quality of it results?

The WSVL is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The AAVLD has administered an accreditation program for state-funded veterinary diagnostics laboratories since 1969, and regularly send both administrative and scientific personnel of accredited laboratories on site visits to other labs seeking accreditation. The WSVL uses the guidelines established by the AAVLD to maintain a high level of quality control throughout our facility to assure reliable and efficient results.


Where can I send additional information, pictures or paperwork that didn't make it in my shipped/dropped off samples?

You can fax or email paperwork, pictures, or additional information. Our fax number is: (307) 721-2051. Our email address is: vetrec@uwyo.edu.


Does the WSVL use Global Vet Link?

Yes and we also use VSPS.  If you use either of these systems please include a copy of the form with the samples you submit.


What supplies does the WSVL provide?  How can I order them?

We can provide you with various supplies for packaging samples, including Whirl-paks, formalin containers, shipping cartons, blood tube mailers, and forms. Please contact the necropsy department at (307) 766-9919 for information on ordering these supplies. You can also indicate on your Accession form if you need Whirl-paks, Accession forms, or blood tube mailers.

Virology will supply PBS tubes for collecting ear notches for BVDV ELISAs – contact them at (307) 766-9933. 


How can I obtain Trichomoniasis supplies the WSVL does not provide?

Trichomoniasis PCR testing TF Transit Tubes may be ordered at Biomed Diagnositics, MWI Animal Health, Fischer Scientific, and others.


Can I visit the WSVL?  Do you offer tours?

We regularly host visitors to the WSVL. These include prospective student visits, FFA groups, college students, industry groups, political representatives, veterinarians, and interested producers.  To arrange a time to visit the facility and see what is involved in diagnosing disease in animals, please contact the front office at (307) 766-9925 or our laboratory director, Dr. William Laegreid (wlaegrei@uwyo.edu).



Does the WSVL offer educational opportunities to veterinary students?

Yes, the WSVL offers three externships through the Department of Veterinary Sciences – a Diagnostic externship, a Wyoming Wildlife Disease externship, and the Kelly Palm Memorial externship. 


Does the WSVL offer undergraduates experience/employment opportunities?

We hire undergraduate student employees in the various lab sections.  Dr. Juan Munoz-Guterriez coordinates student employment or you may send a letter of interest and resume to vetrec@uwyo.edu.

What other activities are undertaken by the WSVL?

The WSVL is an integral part of the Department of Veterinary Sciences within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to providing diagnostic services, faculty and staff are engaged in research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and extension work. The major focus for our scholastic efforts deal with diseases and health of livestock, wildlife and companion animals. The laboratory strives to continually modernize testing techniques and efforts. Current test development efforts are centered on expanding the range of molecular diagnostic tests available for infectious diseases.


Who collaborates with WSVL?

Collaborations are encouraged. WSVL research and diagnostic efforts result from collaboration with other diagnostic laboratories, veterinary schools, the USDA ARS Arthropod Disease Research Laboratory, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, other state wildlife agencies and authorities, and other researchers and teaching programs within the University of Wyoming.


Is training available for veterinarians at WSVL?

The laboratory does not operate a veterinary school. However, a preceptorship in wildlife medicine and pathology is available to especially motivated senior-level veterinary students and graduate veterinarians. The WSVL offers three externships through the Department of Veterinary Sciences – a Diagnostic externship, a Wyoming Wildlife Disease externship, and the Kelly Palm Memorial externship. Please see our website (http://www.uwyo.edu/vetsci/externships/) for more information. 

We also hire undergraduate student employees in the various lab sections.  Contact our student employment coordinator, Dr. Juan Munoz-Gutierrez at 766-9977 or vetrec@uwyo.edu


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Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

University of Wyoming

1174 Snowy Range Road

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-9925

Toll Free: 1-800-442-8331

Fax: (307) 721-2051

Email: wlaegrei@uwyo.edu

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