Livestock & Poultry
Safeguarding human and animal health, assuring food safety and quality, and promoting Arkansas livestock and poultry industries for the benefit of our citizens
Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
The Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL) offers reliable, affordable, and convenient testing to help maintain both companion and production animal health for veterinarians and livestock producers throughout Arkansas. Hours of operation are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.
The lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for the activities listed on A2LA Scope of Accreditation 4109.01, which is in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. See our Scope of Accreditation, here. We are a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), and the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP).
After hours: Contact the on-call pathologist at 501-773-2456 to make arrangements to drop-off necropsy specimens after-hours. This line is only available for after-hours necropsy services and is not answered during regular business hours.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
- Web Suite User Guide (115.75 KB)
- Check Lab Results Online using Web Suite
- Eagle Courier Service Rate Chart (114.57 KB)
Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Forms
- ARVDL List of Test and Fees (710KB)
- ARVDL Lab Submission Form (709 KB)
- Commercial Poultry Submission Form (226 KB) NEW FILLABLE PDF
- Sample Submission Guidelines (420 KB)
- Pet Loss Form (94.08 KB)
Rabies Submissions and Testing
Rabies testing is NOT performed at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (AVDL), but by the Health Department (ADH) for no charge to the public. You may directly submit specimens to ADH. They will only accept the heads, or brains, of any animals except small mammals, such as bats, mice, or squirrels which may be submitted whole. Additional information may be found on their website: www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
Rabies only submissions must be accompanied by an AVDL submission form AND an ADH submission form. Testing will be delayed until a completed form is received by the Vet. Diag. Lab. Rabies only submissions to AVDL will incur both a current Disposal fee (based on the animal’s weight) and a Courier fee to forward to ADH.
For the Safety of our lab employees, PLEASE complete the Zoonotic Disease portion of the AVDL submission form.
Animals requiring Rabies testing that are submitted for our full Necropsy service, do not incur the additional charges, as they are covered under the necropsy charge.