The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

May 13, 2009

Kentucky veterinary diagnostic labs

Kentucky has two veterinary labs that support the animal industries with diagnostic medical testing services — the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville. Craig Carter is the director of the LDDC, while Wade Northington is the director of the BVC. Their goal is to provide services to improve the health of your herds.

The LDDC and BVC are both full-service veterinary diagnostic labs. Services range from diagnostic and regulatory testing to full necropsy (autopsy). If your farm experiences a disease problem in one or more animals or deaths, the LDDC can run laboratory tests at the request of your veterinarian to help identify the cause. For more serious or puzzling health issues, you can request an epidemiological field investigation.

The LDDC Web site,, lists their fee schedule, what tests they offer, and also, their new Animal Health Risk Outlook. If you follow the link from the main page, it will show you an interactive map of Kentucky. Simply scroll your cursor over your county, and you can see what diseases the labs have diagnosed in your county in the past 30 days. It will not tell you addresses or farm names as they keep all identifying information strictly confidential; but it will tell you the types of diseases that currently are in your county and surrounding counties. This will help you design a sound vaccination and preventive medicine program for your herd.

Periodically, they notice an increase in certain diseases or syndromes and publish an animal health bulletin on their Web site and send it out via our Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab listserv. If you would like be placed on the listserv to receive animal alerts via e-mail, please contact UK LDDC Epidemiologist Jackie Smith at 859-253-0571 or e-mail .

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