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Toxicology Laboratory-PADLS

PADLS ToxicologyLocated in the Myrin Building on the New Bolton Campus, the toxicology laboratory is equipped with the latest technology and a knowledgeable support staff to provide full veterinary diagnostic toxicology services. Animals can be exposed to toxic chemicals in a number of ways: ingestion of contaminated feed or foreign objects, inhalation, or skin contact. Through identification of such toxic chemicals, the toxicology laboratory helps to diagnose and prevent toxicosis in agricultural animals, pets, and wildlife. In addition to toxins, the laboratory has the ability to identify the levels of nutritionally relevant compounds including metals and vitamin E in animal samples.

As part of PADLS, the toxicology lab 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.

The PADLS Toxicology Laboratory (Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System) at New Bolton Center provides a full veterinary diagnostic toxicology service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Laboratory provides:

  • A broad spectrum of analyses for both natural and man-made toxicants including mycotoxins, drugs, environmental contaminants, insecticides, rodenticides, anions, and metals performed on a variety of sample matrices.
  • A broad spectrum of analyses for nutritionally relevant compounds including metals (selenium, copper, zinc, etc.) and vitamin E in animal samples.
  • Case consultations.
  • Assistance in field investigation of suspected toxicoses.
  • An active method development program for new or emerging toxicants, markers of nutritional status and chemical food contaminants.

 

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.

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Directions

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  • Business hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. For emergency diagnostic service, please call (610) 444-5800.

Research within the Toxicology Laboratory focuses on issues related to environmental contaminants. Contaminants of interest include:

  • Freshwater algal toxins
  • Lead and mercury
  • Anticoagulant rodenticides
  • Animal decontamination related to natural and man-made disasters

For more information regarding current research projects or to initiate a partnership for additional research, please contact the laboratory.

Staff
  Name Title Phone Number Email Address
 Lisa Murphy
Lisa Murphy, VMD, DABT
Assistant Professor of Toxicology 610-925-6217 murphylp@vet.upenn.edu
Daljit Vudathala
 
Daljit Vudathala, PhD Senior Research Investigator 610-925-6376 vudathal@vet.upenn.edu