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Protecting the Public

​The Fort Collins branch of ​the CSU VDL is equipped with a biosafety level 3 laboratory a​nd is one of only a few laboratories approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control to handle and test for select agents; infectious microorganisms deemed to pose a severe threat to public, animal, or planet health.

Our laboratory is one of the 12 core laboratories of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. This network enhances the nation’s early detection of, response to, and recovery from animal-health emergencies that threaten the nation’s food supply and public health, including:

  • Bioterrorist events
  • Newly emerging diseases
  • Foreign animal diseases

As part of this network, the CSU VDL works closely with the USDA in validating and implementing “high throughput” molecular assays for a variety of exotic agents, all of which are considered high-priority agroterrorist pathogens, including:

  • Foot-and-mouth disease
  • Classical swine fever
  • Exotic Newcastle disease
  • Avian influenza

Contact Us:

USPS Mailing Address:
200 West Lake Street
1644 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1644

Our address has changed! We are still in the same building but the address has been updated:
FedEx/UPS Shipping Address (physical address):

2450 Gillette Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(970) 297-1281

(970) 297-0320

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rocky Ford Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
27847 Road 21 Rocky Ford, Colo. 81067
Phone: (719) 254-6382
Fax: (719) 254-6055

Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
3164 B 1/2 Road Grand Junction, Colo. 81503
Phone: (970) 243-0673
Fax: (970) 242-0003