The West Tennessee Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory opened on May 22nd, 2008 on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Martin. The laboratory's address is 127 Campus Road, Martin, TN. The laboratory operates as a satellite facility of C.E. Kord Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Nashville with many of the same rules, regulations and fee services already in place at C.E. Kord.
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm
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The lab is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Animals may be submitted to the laboratory on Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays with understanding that, unless a herd outbreak is in question, the necropsy will not be performed until the following business day.
The lab is a tissue/sample collection site. Only necropsies are performed at the laboratory. On all necropsies tissues will be shipped overnight to C.E. Kord. If, on gross necropsy, a tentative diagnosis can be made, you will be informed of a tentative diagnosis. All definitive diagnoses, however, will be made by veterinary pathologists at C. E. Kord and reported to you and your veterinarian.
In the same way as C.E. Kord operates, animals do not have to be referred by a veterinarian. The owner will be strongly advised to list a veterinarian where the pathology report may be sent. In this way, a valid client-patient relationship will be maintained by the veterinarian and the client. No recommendations for preventative health measures or disease control will be made by the employees of the satellite, reflecting the policy that the local practitioner that has visited the farm and is familiar with the management practices is best positioned to advise the owner.
There is no charge for necropsy of agricultural animals. On all other animals, the basic fee structure of C.E. Kord will be followed. State law defines those animals exempt from fees as being raised for food or fiber, and also exempts horses.
Yes. There is a fee of $70 for necropsies of companion animals. The fee is $105 if toxicology samples are submitted with the necropsy. These fees will be billed from C.E. Kord to the veterinary clinic listed. The client must have a valid account with that clinic. No payments are handled at the lab location.
You may download, print, and fill out the history form prior to coming to the lab, or we will provide the form when you arrive. You will also sign a release form stating that you will not get the animal back after necropsy. We will dispose of it properly according to findings on necropsy.
No. The laboratory is on a university campus and based on the possible danger to students and staff employed by the university, euthanasia will not be performed on the premises. No live animals will be accepted for necropsy.