Veterinary Diagnostic Center

The Diagnostic Center assists veterinarians, animal industry, and animal owners with livestock, poultry, companion animal, and wildlife disease problems. The Center is an integral part of a disease surveillance system that helps to assure a safe and adequate food supply and to protect the health and welfare of South Carolina citizens. The Diagnostic Center is "accredited for all species" by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).

We have capabilities for: necropsy, histopathology, bacteriology, virology, and serology. We accept most species of animals from practicing veterinarians, regulatory officials, and animal owners. Due to the potential health risk to CVDC personnel, we do not provide testing on any primate species. The only exception to this policy is that formalin fixed tissues may be submitted for histopathology.

The laboratory is located in Columbia, South Carolina at 500 Clemson Road (approximately 1.5 miles North of exit 80 off of I-20).

Animals and specimens are accepted:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Holiday Schedule:
New Years, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day: CLOSED
Other State Holidays: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

You can reach the laboratory during receiving hours by calling 803-788-2260 x261.


Joe Hill, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Submission Forms

General Submission Form (.pdf, 43 KB)

Pathology Submission Form (.pdf, 42 KB)

Encephalitis Form for Equine Submission (.pdf, 72 KB)