The molecular diagnostic laboratory section performs PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing for the detection and characterization of animal pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
This section also includes a bio-safety level 3 laboratory that is designed to contain samples which require a higher degree of biosecurity, i.e.
suspected agents of foreign animal and zoonotic disease such as, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE),
and West Nile Virus (WNV). Samples are tested by both real time and conventional PCR techniques.