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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

  • avian influenza
    The sample, taken from a hunter-harvested bird through routine surveillance, was tested at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and forwarded to USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Characterization of the sample is ongoing.
  • 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.
  • kristy pabolina, avian diagnostics, awards
    ​This award recognizes a CSU faculty member who has provided unselfish assistance to practitioners as a clinician, is a proficient and capable teacher, and/or has made significant contributions to continuing education.

 Avian Diagnostics at the Fair


Contact Us:

Fort Collins Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526

(970) 297-1281

(970) 297-0320

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

FedEx/UPS Shipping Address:
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526