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.

    gull necropsy

    Scientist inspects a ring-billed gull submitted for avian botulism type E testing. (Credit: Stephanie Steinfeldt, USGS. Public domain.)

    Laboratories and Capabilities


    Diagnostic Investigations


    David S Blehert

    Chief, Laboratory Sciences Branch
    National Wildlife Health Center
    Phone: 608-270-2466