Texas is home to countless varieties of plants. Several varieties are toxic to certain animal species while other varieties may be toxic only under certain environmental conditions. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, offers four options to identify a plant and determine its toxicity. Depending on the testing option, clients may submit an animal’s stomach contents or samples of the plant in question.
Clients may also consider using TVMDL’s digital toxicology option. This option allows clients to submit images of plants via email or through TVMDL’s mobile app, rather than ship samples of the actual plant. TVMDL encourages clients interested in plant identification to schedule a consultation with one of TVMDL’s veterinary diagnosticians.
TVMDL tests thousands of specimens from clients across Texas, in neighboring states and around the world every business day, protecting the health of livestock, poultry, companion animals, exotic animals, racing animals and wildlife. Veterinarians, animal owners, animal industries and government agencies depend on TVMDL’s expertise for early detection and control of diseases. TVMDL also belongs to a nationwide network of laboratories that provide surge-testing, response and recovery capacity in the event of an animal disease outbreak. Over its history, TVMDL has played a critical role in recognizing and containing outbreaks of anthrax, avian inﬂuenza, chronic wasting disease, equine piroplasmosis and many other economically devastating animal diseases.
For inquires about available tests, specimen types, test prices, or turnaround times, please refer to the <a href="https://tvmdl.tamu.edu/tests/">TVMDL test catalog</a>. Clients may search the catalog by a test’s name or test code. The test catalog may also be accessed via the TVMDL Mobile app.
TVMDL does not see or treat animals. If you have clinical requests or need immediate assistance with an animal emergency, please contact a veterinary clinic.
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