Our Mission

The Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory system is composed of two sister laboratories: Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL) and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory (TVDIL). The two laboratories are units of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and are funded through a contract by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Both laboratories are fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

The core mission of the two laboratories is to provide accurate, expeditious and comprehensive diagnostic services to veterinarians, companion animal owners and the livestock industry. The laboratories also provide diagnostic services for non-traditional species (aquarium animals, marine mammals, zoo species) and surveillance testing for both endemic and non-endemic diseases. Furthermore, our faculty conducts research on animal diseases, improved diagnostic methods, and conditions that have an impact on human health.

The multidisciplinary organization of our laboratories provides the capabilities necessary for the detection and characterization of most animal diseases. Besides providing a testing service, we are a full-service diagnostic laboratory system that offers interpretation of results and consultation services on veterinary diagnostic issues.

The Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories were featured in the 2011 Veterinary Medical Experiment Station (VMES) Annual Report. Click here to read the article.