Welcome to the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

The Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Labs in Athens and Tifton are reputed for affordable, quality service. Courteous and knowledgeable receptionists answer every call. Board-certified pathologists, tumor diagnosticians and infectious disease experts are available for consultation both before and after you send your samples.

Operating under a stringent quality-control system, we offer patient-oriented service and aim for the right answer, the first time. Our turnaround times and fees are highly competitive, with individualized service and unparalleled up-to-date expertise.

Courier Service Now Available!

Our courier partners, Lab Express, will be picking up and delivering samples to the Athens Lab. The service will cover the 11 counties of Metro Atlanta/Athens (Barrow, Clarke, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton) as well as parts of 7 other counties (Clayton, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale). To request a pick up, please visit http://labexp.com/OrderEntry.aspx. Call us for more information, for more samples bags, or to check if you are on the courier route.

Possible Rabies bite/exposure case?

Call the Environmental Health Office in the county where the bite occurred. County Environmental Health Office numbers are here: (PDF)

The county’s Environmental Health Office completes a bite incident report in a new program called SENDSS (State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System). They also make arrangements to send the animal/head/brain, along with the SENDSS report, to the Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory for Rabies testing free of charge.

More questions? Call the Georgia Department of Public Health at 404.327.7900

The Athens and Tifton Laboratories are not public health laboratories and our results are not definitive in rabies bite cases. You must call the county where the bite occurred. NOTE: Rabies exposure, not involving a bite, is very rare and involves contact of saliva or brain matter of an infected animal with scratches, abrasions, open wounds or mucous membranes.

Easy Shipping!

You can overnight ship samples to the Diagnostic Laboratories at discounted rates:

  1. Request UPS shipping labels from our laboratory
  2. Place your samples in a box with the UPS label, and call UPS for a free pickup

Highly discounted charges (based on UGA’s negotiated rate with UPS) are conveniently added to your monthly invoice. Request your shipping labels today by calling 706.542.5568 (Athens) or 229.386.3340 (Tifton).

Online Reports

View all your reports online — anywhere, anytime. Both preliminary and final reports are available, and can easily be downloaded or printed. View your account, pay your bills, and manage your account easily and quickly. Call our receptionist to set up your online account, or register online by clicking on the Client Login area to the right.

Affordable quality services

All of our tests, complete with information about turnaround time, submission guidelines, and all associated fees, can be found under the Fee Schedule drop-down menu for Athens or Tifton. If you need help finding a test, give us a call and we'll be glad to help you find it.

Equine Practitioners: Digital Coggins Service

Provide more efficient and improved client service with our digital Coggins service through GlobalVetLink and VSPS. These services provide easy-to-use online systems, with digital images.

Less paperwork + faster results = happier clients!

The GlobalVetLink Coggins AGID test is only $8. Start saving time today! If you are new to GlobalVetLink, contact 515.296.0861 to set up your account. Existing GlobalVetLink clients can simply start submitting! We also accept VSPS Coggins submissions (no extra charge above the $7 standard fee) for practitioners with level 2 USDA website access. Visit the USDA VSPS website to set up a free account.


We are the only local laboratories offering complete necropsy of large, small and exotic animals. Our necropsy fee includes most ancillary testing such as histopathology, cultures, and fluorescent antibody tests. Preliminary results are available right after the necropsy.

DLAB Core Services
DLAB Core Services

Our core diagnostic services include: bacteriology and mycology; biopsy; clinical pathology; cytology; histopathology; immunohistochemistry; molecular diagnostics; necropsy; parasitology; serology; and virology.

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The Georgia Laboratory Animal Diagnostic Service provides accurate, expeditious, and comprehensive diagnostic services to laboratory veterinarians and researchers.

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Marine Animals
Marine Animals

The Marine Mammal Diagnostic Service provides a comprehensive infectious disease and pathology testing program to serve the needs of marine biologists and veterinarians working in stranding/rehabilitation centers, zoos, aquariums,amusement parks, government, and academic institutions worldwide.

Read more about our Marine Mammal Diagnostic Service →

Our laboratories are units of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and are funded in part through a contract with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Both laboratories are accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) using ISO 17025/OIE-based standards.

We also are members of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). Our quality system and our multidisciplinary organization provide the capabilities necessary for the detection of most animal diseases and interpretation of the associated test results. View our laboratory certifications here.