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How to Submit a Sample

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 dropoff the samples in person, view our sample dropoff 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, Colorado 80523-1644
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.​

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

​​425 29 Road
Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

300 West Drake Road
Building C
Room 123
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.​

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

​425 29 Road
Grand Junction, Colorado 81504
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 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays.

  • 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 10:00 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 the necropsy on the next day.

Read the Submission Information Details page for more detailed information about submitting samples and the Sample Shipping Information page 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 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Phone:
(970) 297-1281

Fax:
(970) 297-0320

dlab@colostate.edu
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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