C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab
Title VI is federal law. It’s part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. All department employees and sub-recipients of federal funding through the department must be knowledgeable of the aspects of compliance with Title VI. It covers any program receiving federal financial assistance, including federal grants. Since the Tennessee Department of Agriculture receives financial assistance, the department’s programs and activities are all subject to the requirements of Title VI.
The C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory provides free animal testing for food animals, fiber animals, and equines. Companion animal testing is offered for a fee to Tennessee pet owners and veterinarians.
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. One of our primary goals is to quickly provide a diagnosis for herd health problems so that practicing veterinarians can provide effective treatment and management advice to area producers and prevent further herd losses.
Providing reduced-cost services for companion animals serves the needs of Tennessee pet owners and veterinarians. Monitoring animals in close contact with people aids in detection of emerging zoonotic diseases (passed from animals to people), anthroponotic infectious diseases (passed from people to animals), and environmental toxins. This function supports the vital worldwide collaboration among public and animal health officials known as the One Health initiative.
KAHDL supports animal disease diagnosis and regulatory activities within Tennessee. This includes post-mortem diagnostics and diagnostic testing on specimens from live animals, such as surgical biopsies and tissues to diagnose animal disease processes or to meet regulatory requirements.
Kord Lab Hours: Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We are closed on state holidays. Animals for necropsy should be dropped off before 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call 615-837-5125.
USDA Guidelines for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Testing
Lab Submission Forms
- Owner Release Form (PDF)
- Owner Release of Remains Form (PDF)
- General Lab Submission Form [PDF]
- Necropsy Submission Form [PDF]
- Histopathology Submission Form [PDF]
- Herd or Flock Multiple Sample Submission Form [PDF]
- Department of Health Rabies Submission Form
- Avian Submission Form [PDF] for Avian Influenza testing
For More Information
Contact the Animal Health reception desk at 615-837-5125.
C.E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204-0627
C.E.Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Ellington Agricultural Center
436 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220