The PA Veterinary Laboratory and PA Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System remain open during the Covid 19 emergency. Veterinarians continue to monitor developments in conjunction with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USDA and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The CDC has received no reports of pets, livestock or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that pets, including dogs, can spread COVID-19. Since other infectious diseases can spread between animals and people, it's always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals or handling animals, their food and supplies. Find more information about corona virus and animals through the CDC.Opens In A New Window
On Monday, March 16, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory temporarily reduced hours of operation to Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon. The lab will receive samples 24-7, just as under normal circumstances. Instructions are posted at laboratory entrances for those dropping off samples or deceased animals after hours. Samples will be preserved until appropriate testing can be conducted.
The lab will continue to test animal samples for dangerous transmissible diseases including, but not limited to avian influenza, brucella, rabies and tuberculosis that can be spread from animals to humans, as well as suspected foreign animal diseases like African swine fever that have not yet been detected in the U.S. but could severely impact the food supply if they were to reach this country.
If you are veterinarian, farmer or producer who suspects a high consequence disease due to increased sickness or death rates in your herd or flock, please call 717 772-2852 and press option 1 to speak with the veterinarian on call.
If you are a consumer with a food sample related to a foodborne illness concern, please call 717-836-3261. If you have other questions or concerns, please call the main line at 717-787-4737.
Updates regarding Covid 19 and University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center can be found here.Opens In A New Window
Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory hours and information can be found here.Opens In A New Window