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Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Kord Laboratory DiagnosticianIMPORTANT NOTE: Lab fees will increase beginning July 1, 2015. Please click here for the new fee schedule.

C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory provides no-cost food animal, fiber animal and equine animal testing and markedly reduced-cost companion animal testing for pet owners of Tennessee. By providing diagnostic services to food and fiber animal producers we serve the needs of the livestock industry and promote animal health within the state of Tennessee. Thus one of our primary goals is to quickly provide a diagnosis in cases of herd health problems so that practicing veterinarians can provide effective treatment and management advice to area producers and prevent further herd losses.

Another goal, accomplished by providing reduced-cost services for companion animals, not only serves the needs of Tennessee pet owners and companion animal veterinarians, but also allows monitoring of animals in close contact with people for possible emerging, zoonotic (diseases passed from animals to people) and anthroponotic (diseases passed from people to animals) infectious diseases and environmental toxins. This function is in support of the increasingly important worldwide collaboration among public and animal health officials known as the One Health initiative.

KAHDL services in support of animal disease diagnosis and regulatory activities within the state of Tennessee include post-mortem diagnostics conducted on animals submitted to the laboratory for examination, as well as diagnostic testing on specimens from live animals, such as surgical biopsies and tissues that are submitted to the laboratory to help referring veterinarians diagnose animal disease processes or meet regulatory requirements.

Laboratory Use Guide

Current Laboratory Use Guide [PDF]

Lab Submission Forms

General Lab Submission Form [PDF]
Necropsy Submission Form [PDF]
Histopathology Submission form [PDF]
Herd or Flock Multiple Sample Submission Form [PDF]

For More Information

The Laboratory Director is Dr. Bruce G. McLaughlin, DVM, MVSc who may be reached at (615) 837-5125.

The USPS mailing address is:

C.E. Kord Animal Disease Laboratory
P.O. Box 40627, Melrose Station
Nashville, TN 37204-0627

For Overnight Shipping, use this address:

C.E. Kord Animal Disease Laboratory
Ellington Agriculture Center
440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220

Please remember that overnight shipping cannot be delivered to a post office box number.