The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) has developed problem-based panels to assist equine practitioners with a focused diagnostic test selection for equine diarrhea cases.

The panels include multiplex PCR tests for viral agents (equine coronavirus and equine rotavirus) and bacterial agents (Lawsonia intracellularis, Salmonella species, and Neorickettsia risticii [which causes Potomac horse fever]).

Available panels include the equine diarrhea viral, equine diarrhea bacterial, and a combined bacterial and viral panel. Panels will be run on Tuesdays and Thursdays and turnaround time is one to two business days.

Fees are as follows:

  • Equine diarrhea bacterial panel: $45 + $10 accession fee;
  • Equine diarrhea viral panel: $45 + $10 accession fee; and
  • Equine diarrhea combined panel: $80 + $10 accession fee.

Craig N. Carter, DVM PhD Dipl. ACVPM DSNAP, director and professor of epidemiology at the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, provided this information.

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