GALESBURG ANIMAL DISEASE LABORATORY
What is the Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory?
Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory is part of the Illinois Department
of Agriculture. The laboratory provides a variety of services, including
animal disease testing and meat inspection. The facility is located on
the campus of Carl Sandburg College in Knox County. Services are
available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except for
What services does the laboratory provide?
facility administers more than 450,000 tests annually. These tests fall
under the following categories:
Diagnostic services --Using
modern equipment, staff identify bacteria, viruses and parasites that
pose a threat to livestock and companion animals in Illinois. Quick
identification of diseases enables veterinarians or animal owners to
administer appropriate remedies.
Regulatory testing -- Staff
conduct blood tests to ensure pets and livestock entered in shows are
disease-free and to allow owners to sell and export animals, embryos and
semen worldwide. The lab annually tests more than 200,000 blood samples
collected for regulatory purposes as part of department programs to
eradicate pseudorabies in swine and prevent the re-emergence of
brucellosis in cattle.
Rabies -- Also tested are suspected
rabid animals that have been in contact with pets, livestock or people.
Samples for rabies testing should be submitted only by the animal
owner's veterinarian or a county rabies control program official.
Who may obtain services from the laboratory?
services are available to all Illinois residents. Other services are
available through the animal owner's veterinarian. The laboratory also
provides testing services for state and federal agencies, universities,
research institutions and other nations through cooperative agreements.
May I take my animals to the lab for veterinary care or
No, the laboratory does not provide
preventive vaccines or veterinary care. Individuals should contact their
veterinarians for those types of services.
What about diagnostic services? May I take animals to the
laboratory for these purposes?
The laboratory accepts animals
directly from livestock producers only upon the recommendation of the
animal's veterinarian. When bringing an animal to the laboratory for
diagnosis, it is important to select one that shows symptoms of the
condition you want diagnosed. Live animals in the early stages of the
disease and not treated with antibiotics are preferred. Generally,
little can be learned from a runt animal that does not represent the
true problem of the herd or from an animal that is dead and badly
Is there a fee for laboratory services?
is a fee for most laboratory services. The fee varies depending on the
services provided. List of Fees as of 1/22/2013. Fees subject to change.
For more information, contact:
Department of Agriculture
Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory
Lake Storey Road
P.O. Box 2100X
Galesburg, IL 61401
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