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How to Submit a Sample

Effective March 1, FedEx will change their delivery times to our facility. Our laboratories recommend using FedEx Priority Overnight Service to be delivered by 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. All other FedEx services - Standard Overnight, Express Saver, FedEx 2-day - will not be received at our facility until late afternoon which may result in longer turnaround times if daily testing deadlines are missed. Please use Test Information and Price List​ to find submission deadlines for required testing and choose the service that best suits your needs.
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The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory system has three laboratories. The central laboratory is located to the north of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our branch laboratories are in Grand Junction and Rocky Ford.

A pathologist is on-call for emergencies on weekends and holidays. Emergency personnel will take the appropriate history, owner, and veterinarian information.

If you wish to drop-off the samples in person, view our sample drop-off map.

View information for how to properly submit a biopsy sample.

Addresses to Submit by USPS

​Fort Collins
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Rocky Ford
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
​Western Slope
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

​1644 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colo. 80523-1644
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.​

​27847 Road 21
Rocky Ford, Colo. 81067
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

​​3164 B 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, Colo. 81503
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Addresses to submit by FedEx, UPS, or other special courier

Fort Collins
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Rocky Ford
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
​Western Slope
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

2450 Gillette Drive
Room 123
Fort Collins, Colo. 80526
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.​

27847 Road 21
Rocky Ford, Colo. 81067
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

​3164 B 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, Colo. 81503
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For the Fort Collins Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

  • If animals or samples are delivered in person, the Fort Collins laboratory is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The laboratory furnishes an after-hours refrigerator for small submissions. This refrigerator is located at the normal sample submission drop–off area at the diagnostic medicine center. Clinical pathology samples should be delivered to this same refrigerator.

  • Whole animals delivered after hours for necropsy must be submitted through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital emergency service (small animal reception) prior to 10 p.m. Emergency personnel will take the appropriate history, owner, and veterinarian information. Be sure to let them know the submission is intended for the diagnostic laboratory. A pathologist will conduct t​he necropsy on the next day.

Read the Submission Information Details webpage for more detailed information abo​ut submitting samples and the Sample Shipping Information webpage for specifics on shipping substances.


Accessions submitted to the CSU-VDL, including carcasses, tissues and agents isolated from samples, become the property of the CSU-VDL unless other arrangements are made in writing prior to or at the time of submission.


Contact Us:



Fort Collins Diagnostic Laboratory

FedEx/UPS Shipping Address (physical address):
2450 Gillette Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526

USPS Mailing Address:
200 West Lake Street
1644 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1644
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Phone:
(970) 297-1281

Fax:
(970) 297-0320

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Rocky Ford Diagnostic Laboratory
27847 Road 21
Rocky Ford, CO 81067​
Phone: (719) 254-6382
Fax: (719) 254-6055
cvmbs-vdl_rockyford@colostate.edu​

Western Slope Diagnostic Laboratory
3164 B 1/2 Road
Western Slope, CO 81503
Phone: (970) 243-0673
Fax: (970) 242-0003
vdl_western_slope@colostate.edu​​​​​​