COVID-19 Update – ADDL Continues Providing Services

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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COVID-19 Update – ADDL Continues Providing Services

The Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and Heeke ADDL, located at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center in Dubois, Ind., are committed to continue supporting veterinarians, animal owners and the agriculture industry, and protecting public health and the food supply.  Therefore, the ADDL is open and providing full diagnostic services, while taking extra precautions and adjusting intake procedures to protect the health and safety of our diagnosticians, staff and clients.  As an essential service provider, the ADDL is not directly affected by the COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place.  However, due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADDL and Heeke ADDL may need to make additional changes as circumstances continue to change.  This web page will be updated continually if and as additional modifications to ADDL services become necessary.

Please note the following information and advisories regarding shipments and delivery of specimens to either of the ADDL facilities:

Important Notice Regarding Specimen Shipments

In an effort to streamline the sample delivery process under the current circumstances, the ADDL is recommending that all specimen shipments be sent via UPS or FedEx. Utilizing these services will help to ensure timely delivery and avoid potential delays.

Consider Overnight / Next Day Air Shipping

Due to the potential for courier services to be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ADDL highly recommends overnight or next-day air for time sensitive shipments.

Large Volume Submissions

Please call ahead before submitting a large number of samples to ensure that the ADDL has sufficient supplies and staff on hand to analyze the samples.

Submission Forms

Please visit the ADDL website to access the most up to date submission forms. Recently, many of our forms were updated to include additional tests. By utilizing the most current version of our submission forms, your diagnostic requests will be processed efficiently and accurately.

On-site Delivery of Specimens

For clients who plan to bring a specimen to the ADDL in West Lafayette, Ind.:

  • Before coming to the ADDL, have your veterinarian complete the necropsy submission form and fax / email it to 765-494-9181 / addl@purdue.edu.
  • When you arrive, stay in your vehicle and call the ADDL front desk for instructions at 765-494-7440.  Be sure to give your phone number in case you get disconnected and they need to reach back out to you.
  • The ADDL staff will relay necessary information to a technician and then direct you to pull around to the loading dock.  Stay in your vehicle and the technician will come out to get the specimen from you.

For clients who plan to bring a specimen to the Heeke ADDL in Dubois, Ind.:

  • Before coming to the Heeke ADDL, have your veterinarian complete the necropsy submission form and fax / email it to 812-678-3412 / addl@purdue.edu.
  • When you arrive, stay in your vehicle and call the Heeke ADDL front desk for instructions at 812-678-3401.  Be sure to give your phone number in case you get disconnected and they need to reach back out to you.
  • The Heeke ADDL staff will relay necessary information about where to go with your samples.  Drive to the designated location, stay in your vehicle and the technician will come out to get the specimen from you, or lab staff will give further instructions about where to leave the sample

Remember (for either Lab):  be sure you have provided the necessary documentation (submission form) or have it with you when you arrive.  Your sample cannot be accepted without the submission form, and due to safety protocols we cannot hand you a form to complete in person.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these challenging circumstances.  If you have any questions, please call the ADDL at 765-494-7440 or the Heeke Lab at 812-678-3401, or email either lab at addl@purdue.edu.

For more information regarding COVID-19, see the informational resources provided by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, as well as the COVID-19 updates from Purdue University and the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Writer(s): Kevin Doerr | pvmnews@purdue.edu


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