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Microbiology Laboratory-PADLS

PADLS MicrobiologyThe microbiology laboratory is separated into three subgroups: Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, and PEQAP.

Located in the Myrin Building on the New Bolton Campus, the Clinical Microbiology laboratory is equipped with the latest technology and a knowledgeable support staff to provide diagnostic microbiology testing. Consultation and field investigation are also available. Testing includes aerobic, anaerobic, and fungal culture, and antibiotic susceptibility testing. 

Molecular Microbiology uses sophisticated techniques to isolate and identify viruses and bacteria including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time reverse transcriptase-PCR. These methods are commonly used to identify Avian Influenza, Salmonella spp., and Streptococcus equi (Strangles).

In addition to standard microbiological testing, the microbiology laboratory also performs egg testing as part of the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) and the FDA Egg Safety Rule. Farms that participate in these programs demonstrate their concern about food safety and produce a quality egg which helps to assure consumer confidence in eggs.

As part of PADLS, the microbiology laboratory supports PADLS' program objectives and mission. The combined resources and technical expertise of leading scientists at PADLS laboratories provide state-of-the-art diagnostic technology supporting veterinarians’ efforts to advance animal and public health initiatives and support producers in assuring a safe, secure, and abundant food supply. 

Contact Information

Business Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Clinical Microbiology
Phone:  610-925-6156
Fax:  610-925-6816

Molecular Microbiology
Phone:  610-925-6178
Fax:  610-925-6816

PEQAP
Phone:  610-925-6154
Fax:  610-925-6770

PADLS New Bolton Center Microbiology Laboratory
Myrin Building 101
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

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The Clinical Microbiology laboratory performs a variety of testing including:

  • Aerobic culture
  • Anaerobic culture
  • Fungal culture
  • Antibiotic susceptibility

The laboratory accepts clinical and environmental samples. Common clinical samples include culture swabs with transport medium, fluids, tissues and feces. Environmental samples include feed, swabs, contact plates and water. In addition, a veterinary microbiologist is available for consultation and field investigation.

For a detailed list of available services, fees, or the submission form, please click on the appropriate link below. To submit samples for testing, please fill out the form below and refer to the submission information section for information on shipping and sample preparation.

The Molecular Microbiology lab employs the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and real-time reverse transcriptase-PCR (RRT-PCR) to identify mammalian and avian bacterial and viral pathogens. Specific pathogens that can be identified include:

  • Avian influenza
  • Avian paramyxovirus (Newcastle Disease)
  • Infectious Bronchitis Virus
  • Mycoplasma
  • Salmonella spp.
  • Streptococcus equi (Strangles)

Polymerase chain reaction is a biochemical technology in molecular biology used to amplify a single or few copies of a piece of DNA or RNA. This allows for the presence of an organism in a sample to be confirmed. PCR detects both live and dead organisms. Cotton, Dacron, or polyester swabs are acceptable samples.

For a detailed list of available services, fees, or the submission form, please click on the appropriate link below. To submit samples for testing, please fill out the form below and refer to the submission information section for information on shipping and sample preparation.

The Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) is a voluntary certification program for egg producers and processors intended to minimize Salmonella enteritidis (SE) contamination of chicken eggs.  Basic preventative measures include placement of SE clean chicks, intensive rodent control, cleaning & disinfecting between flocks, and environmental monitoring. To become a member of PEQAP or for more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.  Testing required by the FDA Egg Safety Rule is also performed at the PEQAP laboratory.

The microbiology laboratory at New Bolton Center supports this program by performing SE testing on a routine basis. For more information on sample requirements and fees, please click on the links below. To submit samples for testing, please fill out the form below and refer to the submission information section for information on shipping and sample preparation.

Available Testing

Submission Forms

Sample Preparation and Shipping Guidelines

Directions

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  • Business hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. For emergency diagnostic service, please call (610) 444-5800.
 
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Donna Kelly