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.
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.
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.
Please call first for the pathologist on duty (main office: 307-766-9925). The pathologist may want to discuss the case with you.
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.
Bills/invoices are printed and mailed when your case is finalized.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can fax or email paperwork, pictures, or additional information. Our fax number is: (307) 721-2051. Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .