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About the Avian Diagnostics Section

Our Avian Diagnostics section offers disease testing services and flock health support for the U.S. poultry industry including:

  • Commercial poultry
  • Backyard flocks
  • Waterfowl flocks
  • Upland gamebird facilities
  • Pet birds

We provide a wide array of avian disease diagnostic services, including avian influenza virus and Newcastle disease virus testing, virus isolation in embyronated eggs and Salmonella Enteritidis culture and real-time PCR.

We conduct a number of research projects, both in the US and in developing countries. We also conduct training courses for local veterinarians and animal health officials in developing countries.

We also provide educational opportunities for commercial poultry and upland gamebird producers and backyard poultry owners.

Avian Diagnostic News

  • pet health chicken touching
    Don’t kiss your chickens and other commonsense tips for poultry owners from Dr. Ragan Adams.​​
  • Salmonella baby birds
    Live baby poultry can carry Salmonella. Young children are especially at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.
  • avian influenza
    ​A highly pathogenic form of avian influenza is devastating poultry producers in the Midwest. Colorado has been spared, yet our resident expert cautions that commercial chicken and turkey growers – as well as people with backyard flocks – should take steps to prevent infection.  ​
  • salmonella, poultry, agricultural fair, Dr. Kristy Pabilonia, Dr. Kyran Cadmus
    Salmonella infects an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States annually, causing an estimated 400 deaths. In 2011, 522 human cases of Salmonella infection were reported in Colorado.

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

For poultry health questions, please contact the Avian Health Hotline: (970) 297-4008 or email

For NPIP related questions, please contact Jenna Oxenhandler at (970) 297-5160. If Jenna is unavailable, contact Heather Reider at (970) 297-1234.