The ADL is located on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University and housed within the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences. PADLS laboratories are fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and adhere to OIE and PADLS internal quality management standards. Each PADLS laboratory is also a participating member of the USDA sponsored, National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and provides surveillance for exotic disease outbreaks affecting poultry, livestock and wildlife including Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Scrapie, Chronic Wasting Disease, Classical Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease. PADLS laboratories participate in animal disease control and eradication programs as well as regulatory testing for local, interstate and international movement of animals and animal material.
The Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System serves as a central reference facility for state and federal agencies, veterinarians and animal owners within the Commonwealth. Each PADLS laboratory provides services unique to their expertise including gross pathology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, bacteriology, serology/immunology, molecular biology, parasitology, electron microscopy, virology, and field investigation.