Animal Health Lab

The Oregon Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratory's (ODA-AHL) primary function is to aid the state and​ federal veterinarians in monitoring the health status of production animals within or moving into or out of the state or country. The laboratory provides testing and referral services for veterinarians whose clients require specialized testing not normally available in routine diagnostic laboratories. These tests often are required by either state or federal agencies in order to export animals to other states or countries.

The lab's role is regulatory in nature. The laboratory and technicians are certified annually by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as competent to perform each type of r​egulatory test offered. The ODA-AHL works closely with the staff at the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (OSU VDL) to provide surveillance testing for foreign animal diseases.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lab closure dates

  • New Year's Day: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Presidents Day: Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day: Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • After Thanksgiving Day: Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Additional fees

When 20 or more samples are submitted on the same accession (same date/same owner/same species) the samples must be packaged and received in the same sequential order as listed on the submittal form. Failure to do so will result in an additional $25.00 fee for the submission. 

A $25.00 fee, per set of samples submitted, will be added to all rush requests.
Rush requests are only available for blood tests. Please contact the lab for specific test result turnaround times, we will make every effort to help accommodate these needs.

​Q fever testing

The Animal Health lab now offers Q fever testing​ on blood and milk samples. Please contact the lab for more details.


Animal Health
Phone: 503-986-4686
Fax: 844-986-4688

​​Shipping address

Animal Health
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301

​​​Hours of operation

Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm