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SARS-CoV-2 testing information for patients and healthcare providers

The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is currently providing sample testing services for SARS-CoV-2. The lab achieved CLIA certification through a partnership with the Colorado State University Health Network.

Sample submission information

Samples must be submitted through an approved submission chain. At this time, we are not accepting general submissions from healthcare providers.

Fact sheets (TaqPath COVID-19 real-time PCR assay)

Notice of Privacy Practices​

The CSU VDL is required by law to maintain the privacy of your personal health information by the terms of our most current Notice of Privacy Practices and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. The CSU VDL reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make any new Notice provisions effective for all Protected Health Information (PHI).

CSU VDL Notice of Privacy Practices

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Test Information


​Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) real-time PCR

​Test Description:

​This protocol utilizes the ThermoFisher Scientific Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 real-time PCR assay under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

​Sample Type:

​Nasopharyngeal or nasal swab in 1-3 ml of viral transport media. Please consult with us on sampling options.

​Handling Instructions:

​Samples must be kept refrigerated (not frozen) until receipt at the lab. Samples should be received by the lab within two (2) days of collection.

​Submission Form:

​Approved submitters will be provided with an authorized submission form. The form must be completely filled out.


​All results will be reported to the submitting healthcare provider and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. An online portal is available to look up test results​. If you do not have an online portal account, you may request one by calling our office at 970-297-1281.
Turnaround Time:

​24-48 hours


Price breaks can be provided for high-volume sample submission.
​Contact Information:

​For more information, please contact:

Kristy Pabilonia (Laboratory Director) at 970-297-4109

Tina Kane (Client Services Manager) at 970-297-4186