Animal Health Laboratories

2230 Old Penitentiary Road   Phone: 208-332-8570
P.O. Box 7249   Fax: 208-334-4619
Boise, ID 83712    

Open Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on State holidays

The Idaho Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratory is a multi-faceted laboratory network with the main emphasis of conducting Regulatory and Certification testing of animals and animal products, as well as, the diagnosis and control of animal diseases. The laboratory provides support services for the Division of Animal Industries and provides training in a variety of testing techniques and procedures. The Animal Health Laboratory oversees a number of state and federal programs including the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), the Salmonella Enteritidis Monitoring Program, the Johne's Program, and the Trichomoniasis Certification and Proficiency Testing Program. The laboratory provides support and consultation services to a variety of other public and private agencies, including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the World Center for Birds of Prey. The Animal Health Laboratory is a regional testing center for a number of states in the western United States and participates on a federal task force for the control and eradication of foreign animal diseases.

The laboratory complex consists of a number of individual, self-contained laboratory units with dedicated and defined purposes, and a variety of specific tests or types of testing performed therein. A brief description of each laboratory section follows:

Market Cattle Inspection Laboratory (MCI):
(Federal & State Cooperative Program)

This laboratory collects blood samples and identifications from all animals in the state of Idaho that go through meat processing plants for food purposes. The blood samples are sorted, the identifications computerized and the blood samples are tested for the requested Brucellosis diseases.

Brucellosis Laboratory:
(Federal & State Cooperative Program)

This is a federal laboratory dedicated to the eradication of brucellosis in the United States. A large percentage of cattle and hogs sold, slaughtered or exported/imported into Idaho are tested for brucellosis.

Serology Laboratory:

This laboratory tests animal serum samples for a great variety of diseases in preparation for live animals being exported/imported throughout the world or for diagnostic reasons. The serology lab performs testing to meet requirements for fairs, shows, sales, horse races, breeding, etc.

Virology Laboratory:

The virology laboratory performs numerous tests to determine the presence of viral diseases in animals.

West Nile Virus Laboratory:

This laboratory was set up especially for testing horse serum for the West Nile Virus. The state of Idaho found its first positive horse in 2004.

PCR Laboratory:

This laboratory offers Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing which is highly specific for diseases for which PCR assays have been developed. We are offering PCR testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus I and II; Trichomonas foetus individual and pooled; JOHNE's individual and pooled for the detection of Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) DNA in bovine feces.

Diagnostic Bacteriology Laboratory:

Performs bacterial isolation (culture) on animal tissues along with antimicrobial susceptibility on bacterial isolates for companion and food animals.

Rabies Laboratory:

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Bureau of Laboratories, brain tissues are removed from animal heads and tissues are released to the Bureau of Laboratories for rabies testing. No whole bodies over 20lbs will be accepted. No whole SKUNK bodies will be accepted.

Trichomoniasis Laboratory:

This lab provides Trichomonas culturing and PCR services for cattle producers throughout the state of Idaho and many surrounding states. This laboratory is the state reference laboratory for Trichomonad organism identification. This laboratory provides training and certification to veterinarians, veterinary clinics and laboratories throughout the state that conduct bull sampling and Trichomonad culture for the State Trichomoniasis Program.

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