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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Role & Function

The VDL is the only Government Veterinary Laboratory in Trinidad and is primarily concerned with effecting and supporting National Health Policies and Food Safety Standards/Systems through the diagnosis of livestock and major zoonotic diseases in animals from both the public and the private sectors. This main role is carried out by means of laboratory testing and research coupled with its library facilities, seminars and training sessions. Departments within the VDL include:

  • Microbiology and Virology Department
  • Haematology and Cytology Department
  • Parasitology Department
  • Necropsy and Histopathology Department
  • Media/Sterilization and Wash-up Department


The Main Section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) of the Ministry of Food Production Land and Marine Affairs (MFPLMA) is located on the first floor of Buildings 47 and 49 at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Champs Fleurs. These buildings are shared with the School of Veterinary Medicine. The Rabies Laboratory is however located at the Havelock Street, Curepe compound which is shared by the Offices of the Veterinary Officers, St. George and Quarantine and the Dog and Cat Quarantine Station.


CYTOLOGY Aspirate, Impression Smear, Biopsy
HAEMATOLOGY Complete Blood Count (CBC)
IMMUNOLOGY Warts Vaccine
PARASITOLOGY Ectoparasite Identification, Faecal Flotation
MICROBIOLOGY Culture & Sensitivity, Mycology
URINALYSIS Urine Micro/Dipstick, Kidney Bladderstone Analysis
PATHOLOGY Necropsy, Histopathology Analysis
SEROLOGY Bovine Leucosis Virus, Johne’s Disease, Brucellosis, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus, Equine Influenza, Avian Influenza, Infectious Laryngotracheitis, New Castle Disease, Gumboro, Infectious Bronchitis, Myciolasma
VIROLGY RabiesVirus
OTHER Processing of Infectious Material for shipment to external laboratories. (In accordance to IATA Standards) & Semen Alalysis


Diagnostic Services are provided to Government Veterinary Officers, who provide clinical and preventative services to the farming community. Additionally, services are provided to private veterinarians in companion, exotic and farm animal practice. The VDL also facilitates diagnostic testing for the Emperor Valley Zoo, the Veterinary Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, the Fisheries Division, MFPLMA, the Wildlife Section, Ministry of the Environment and Housing and other Caribbean nations (e.g. Grenada, St.Vincent and the Bahamas).