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Welcome to University of Maine Animal Health Lab

The University of Maine operates the Animal Health Lab as a service to the veterinarians, livestock producers, and animal owners of the state. The lab performs a variety of diagnostic services, including necropsy, microbiology, virology, pathology, and special research support. We offer diagnostic support to clinicians, and assist in finding solutions for agricultural and aquacultural producers using Cooperative Extension resources. Working closely with the Animal and Veterinary Science Department, we integrate students into lab rotations to strengthen their preparation for veterinary and research careers. Through Cooperative Extension, we link with industry to help in the control of animal health related problems in Maine. Lab hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. No samples accepted after 4:30 PM on Fridays.

Poultry flock owners can participate in National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Salmonella pullorum testing and flock inspection. To do so, contact one of the Pullorum Testers or the Maine State Veterinarian to have your birds tested on-site.  This may be required for exhibitions, and also helps the public understand that you are committed to your flock’s health. Should there be a problem with flock health, please contact us at the University of Maine Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. In cases of serious or sudden illness in flocks, please also contact the State Veterinarian.

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