Laboratories for Wildlife Disease Diagnostics


The USGS National Wildlife Health Center provides diagnostic investigation services to determine causes of wildlife morbidity and mortality events. These services include specialized services in pathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, and chemistry, and use microbiological, molecular-biological, and descriptive techniques to identify and characterize agents of infectious disease.

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Disease Investigation Services

Disease Investigation Services

Report mortality events and submit specimens.

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Laboratories and Capabilities

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Necropsy & Pathology


Date published: August 2, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Sandhill Crane

Case History: Approximately 30 sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) were found dead during a winter cold snap in Indiana, U.S.A. One bird was noted to have a mass on its leg.

Date published: July 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Raccoon

Case History: An adult female 4315-g raccoon (Procyon lotor) was found sick in Texas, US, and was euthanized.