This information has been taken
directly from the University of Wyoming, Wyoming
State Veterinary Laboratory Website:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the
Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL)
- 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 types of samples or specimens does the WSVL analyze?
- The Wyoming State Veterinary laboratory analyzes a variety of
samples from animals, their feeds and environments. Specimens that
are tested range from an entire carcass for necropsy (animal
autopsy) to tissues and/or blood samples from animals that may be
diseased or require a health-related test or screen. Samples can
include blood, serum, tissues, biopsies, feeds, water, bedding,
and others related to animal health. The Wyoming State Veterinary
Laboratory also provides testing for rabies. Please see our WEB
site for more information about the WSVL testing service.
- What general types of analyses does the WSVL perform on these
- The laboratory is accredited by the American Association of
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) as a full service
laboratory serving all species of animals. Analyses include
necropsy, histopathology (reading biopsies and examination of
necropsy specimens), microbiology, virology, parasitology,
clinical pathology, toxicology, and genetics testing. The WSVL
also operates a State-Federal Cooperative program to provide for
regulatory testing that is requested within the state (e.g.
brucellosis testing and EIA testing ("Coggins test").
This laboratory also maintains contacts with other accredited
laboratories to provide for unusual or rare testing outside this
program. For a complete list of the WSVL testing and fees, please
see our WEB site.
- Who may send samples to the WSVL for testing?
- The WSVL tests samples for veterinarians, the Wyoming Livestock
Board/State Veterinarian, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department,
livestock producers, and animal owners. The WSVL also provides
services for the State Department of Health (rabies, plague
culturing, assistance with other diseases common to animals and
humans) and USDA APHIS Area Veterinarian in Charge (Foreign Animal
Disease Investigations and eradication programs). Although not
essential, for the best results, animal owners are strongly
encouraged to work through their local veterinarian. If interested
in laboratory services please see our WEB site.
- How do samples get to the WSVL?
- Samples are submitted to the WSVL in-person and via courier.
Samples must be accompanied by a completed accession submission
form indicating the testing desired, billing and reporting
contacts, and a complete history of the problem or testing
desired. For a copy of the Accession form, please call the WSVL at
1-800-442-8331. Proper packaging is essential for couriers to
accept the samples. Samples must be properly preserved either in
fixative (for histology) or chilled. Samples should be
individually wrapped, and then placed in a secondary container to
limit spills. If you have questions about proper packaging of
samples, please contact the laboratory at the above number or
check the WEB.
- Who collects the samples that are analyzed at the WSVL?
- Generally, the submitting person (veterinarian usually, WG&F
authority, or livestock producer) will collect the samples. The
WSVL will investigate a major outbreak in the field on the request
of the local practitioner, State Veterinarian, or producer to
- Is there a fee for WSVL services?
- Yes, there are fees associated with WSVL services. Fee income
provides for 40% of the total WSVL budget and 80% of operations.
Please see the WEB, contact the laboratory at 1-800 442-8331,
write us at WSVL, 1174 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, WY 82070, or
contact your local veterinarian for a testing and fee list.
- How can I contact the laboratory or find out more information
about the WSVL?
- The WSVL can be called at 1-800-442 8331 or 1-307-742-6638. Our
FAX number is 1-307-721-2051. Our mailing and shipping address is:
WSVL, 1174 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, WY 82070. We can be located
on the World Wide WEB.
- Who uses the data your laboratory generates and for what
- Veterinarians and producers use the data to help diagnose
disease and other health related issues in both wild and domestic
animals. Although maintenance of client confidentiality is a
fundamental issue for WSVL, this laboratory is obligated to
provide information about cases to the State Veterinarian of
Wyoming (Dr. Jim Logan, Cheyenne, WY). If a foreign animal disease
is suspected, the laboratory will work closely with the State
Veterinarian to provide information to the USDA APHIS Area
Veterinarian in Charge's office. In some instances, the laboratory
will also report findings related to public health (e.g. rabies)
to the appropriate public health authorities. The laboratory also
will collect summary data and use case materials to augment our
research mission. The latter effort, however, is done in such a
manner as to avoid breaking the patient-client confidence.
- How many cases per year (requests for service) and how many
tests per year are tested by the WSVL?
- The WSVL worked on 12,748 cases and provided 62,636 assays
during calendar year 1999. Please see our annual report for
- How many professional/technical and administrative/clerical
positions does the WSVL utilize?
- The WSVL had a multidisciplinary faculty of 10 individuals
including the director. Sixteen staff and clerical positions serve
the laboratory. In addition, the laboratory employs over 20
undergraduate student staff and provides a venue for both
undergraduate and graduate research projects about issues
important to the health of Wyoming's domestic and wild animal
- What kind of faculty professionals are employed in your
laboratory and what college degree types are preferred?
- The WSVL has a multidisciplinary faculty representing expertise
in pathology, parasatology, microbiology, immunology, virology,
toxicology, and extension veterinary service and education. It is
preferred that the faculty have a degree in veterinary medicine
and/or a PhD degree. Veterinary faculty are encouraged to attain
diplomate status (board certification) in their area of veterinary
specialty. Please see our WEB page for details about our faculty
- Is prior training or professional certification a requirement
for employment in the WSVL?
- Yes. Staff members must be certified, or are asked to develop
certification credentials, in their area of expertise if such
programs are available. Appropriate prior training in individual
disciplines is usually a requirement for staff in different
- What is the source of WSVL funding?
- The WSVL receives funding through the University of Wyoming, fee
income, USDA APHIS support for regulatory testing, and grants and
- 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, at the University of
Wyoming. In addition to regular diagnostic services, the faculty
and staff is engaged in research and teaching about animal health
matters. The major focus for these scholastic efforts is about
diseases and other health issues that are common to both Wildlife
and Domestic animals. The laboratory also strives to continually
modernize testing techniques and efforts. Current test development
efforts are centered on expanding immunohistochemistry testing and
establishment of polymerase chain reaction testing for virus and
other disease antigens.
- 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, 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. For more information, please contact the Department
of Veterinary Sciences at the WSVL at 1-307-742-6638.