North Dakota Vetrinary Diagnostic Lab

Molecular Diagnostics

The Molecular Diagnostics laboratory utilizes PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which is a rapid and sensitive method for identifying bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and viral pathogens by detecting the nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) of a pathogen in test specimens. PCR assays are very sensitive and require a high level of attention throughout the test process, including sample collection, to prevent cross-contamination of samples. The laboratory offers a wide array of assays for bacterial, viral, protozoan, and fungal pathogens. Molecular technologists participate in annual proficiency testing for Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, Johne‚Äôs Disease, Classical Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease through the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).