Currently, UMaine Extension is operating and the Tick Lab, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab can all accept samples at this time.


Please contact the relevant lab prior to sending or dropping off samples:

  • Tick Lab: email us at tickid@maine.edu or call us at 207.581.3878
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Lab: Please call 207.385.6514 or 541.324.1912  before sending or bringing in samples. Samples may be placed in the box outside the lab door; please call 207.385.6514 or 541.324.1912  when dropping off samples. If shipping samples, please provide us with a tracking number when you call to notify us.
  • Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab: Please call 207.581.3883 or email alicyn.smart@maine.edu
  • Insect Lab: We are now accepting insect specimens by mail and by drop-off outside our front entrance.

Pest Management Unit:
Phone: 207.581.3880 or 800.287.0279 (in Maine) | Email: extension.diagnosticlab@maine.edu

Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory:
Phone 207.581.2767 | Email: extension.diagnosticlab@maine.edu

— June 30, 2021

Effective Wednesday, June 30, 2021:

  • Per University of Maine guidelines, face coverings continue to be required at all times when indoors on University or non-University property, in University administered facilities or non-University administered facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
  • UMaine Extension is gradually returning to normal operations. Buildings and offices may have different protocols depending on staffing and, with that, we encourage you to call ahead.

For contact information for your local county UMaine Extension office, visit the County Offices page.


UMaine Extension expects to be fully open and returned to normal by the end of August 2021.


The Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory brings together scientists researching animals, agriculture, insects, and plants under one roof. The unique combination of researchers provides many teaching opportunities for students, as well as premier research and outreach facilities.

By allowing for research contributions to agriculture, public health, communities, and wildlife, the lab aims to benefit Maine in a variety of ways, including protecting the natural resource- and food-based economies, adding to food safety and human health, and providing unique diagnostic and testing services to farmers, homeowners, and the public.


Hours (see notice above)

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Closed Holidays

Limited staffing and doors are locked; please contact the relevant lab prior to sending or bringing in samples.