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Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory


Prompt and Accurate Veterinary Diagnostic Services

The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has served the citizens of the state and region with timely and accurate veterinary diagnostic services since 1887. A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.


The staff of the ADRDL are nationally recognized for their skill in diagnosing key diseases of cattle, pigs, and other livestock. Additionally, the ADRDL supports veterinarians and caretakers of horses and companion animals, plays a vital role in identifying zoonotic diseases such as rabies, and helps to keep our food supply safe by testing food products for bacteria that may cause food-borne illness.


The ADRDL is American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accredited. In addition, the lab is an integral member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), a network of diagnostic laboratories across the US that help detect nationally significant animal diseases such as influenza and Foot & Mouth Disease. Expertise in detecting agents of food-borne illness is important in the ADRDL's role as a regional laboratory for the Food Emergency Response Network(FERN). Participation by the ADRDL in the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (Vet-LIRN) (hotlink this name to the link below… helps to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed or drug related illnesses. These efforts can contribute to overall food safety as animal feed events could signal potential issues in human food. The ADRDL also contributes to the FDA Genome Trakr.




NOTE:  Starting April 1, as per the AAVLD Accreditation requirements, full diagnostic laboratory reports will be sent labeled as "preliminary", indicating some results are still pending, or "final", where no test results are pending. Previously, for some cases, only the newest results were sent via e-mail or fax. 
Thank you for your understanding of this requirement. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the laboratory.


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South Dakota State University and Celemics announce partnership for the development of Hybridization NGS-based Multiple Swine Pathogen Co-Detection Panel

South Dakota State University’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has partnered with Celemics, Inc. to create the first-ever hybridization-based next generation sequencing (NGS) kit to detect viral and bacterial swine respiratory pathogens.

SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services has 3 rapid point-of-care testing machines; ADRDL certified for testing

South Dakota State University’s Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services has three rapid point-of-care COVID-19 testing machines in place for testing of symptomatic students. The machines are from the South Dakota Department of Health.