Please be advised the Diagnostic Services Unit will be closed on Monday October 10, 2022. Sample receiving will also be closed during this time. The Diagnostic Services Unit will resume regular service on Tuesday October 11, 2022.


Diagnostic Services Unit

The Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU) offers fee-for-service veterinary anatomic pathology, histopathology, cytology, bacteriology services to the veterinary community and researchers. The mission of the Diagnostic Services Unit is to advance the education, research and scholarly programs of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine through excellence in the development and delivery of diagnostic services. Our vision is to be the center of veterinary diagnostic excellence and innovation in Alberta.


The DSU is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed on holidays and weekends.


Alberta Supported Livestock Diagnostics

In partnership with the Government of Alberta, UCVM’s Diagnostic Services Unit is excited to launch a pilot project enhancing livestock diagnostic capacity in Alberta through support of pathology and bacteriology services. This funding will support livestock services until February 2024. Enhanced services will provide affordable, accurate, in-province, livestock diagnostics to rapidly identify endemic, zoonotic, emerging or exotic diseases and shed light on antimicrobial resistance patterns.

The impacts of enhanced livestock diagnostics include more timely diagnoses improving animal health and welfare, protection of public health and food safety, market access, enhanced consumer confidence and the creation of educational material to train future veterinarians in Alberta.

 Please follow the links below to learn more about the expanded services and case eligibility.

DSU News

Vet med's new bacteriology lab will get faster results for veterinarians and animals across Alberta

Service will help reduce unnecessary use of antimicrobials...

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UCalgary conference explores COVID-19 and other emerging diseases

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COVID-19 changes horse owners’ attitudes about disease outbreaks

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Expansion of critical veterinary diagnostics at UCalgary puts more animal diseases under the microscope

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