Many of the same signs of illness occur in flocks with a variety of different diseases. It is important for small flock producers to get an accurate diagnosis in order to be able to treat the remaining birds. Submission to a diagnostic laboratory is recommended. Typically each state has one or more veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Both diagnostic labs in Kentucky require that submissions go through a referring veterinarian.

University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Shipping address:
1490 Bull Lea Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 14125
Lexington, KY 40512-4125
Phone: (859) 257-8283
Fax: (859) 255-1624
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Receiving Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Diagnostic Services Coordinator:
Dr. Deborah Williams
(859) 257-7112

Breathitt Veterinary Center, Murray State University

Form for submitting birds for necropsy

Shipping address:
101 MSU Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2000
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
Phone: (270) 886-3959
Fax: (270) 886-4295
Avian Pathologist:
Dr. Carey Laster