VRL Now Has COVID-19 Testing for All Laboratory Animals

Responding To The Call, VRL Now Has COVID-19 Testing for All Laboratory Animals Monitoring continues to be vital to the quality of drug development and it is VRL’s goal to assist you as much as possible. To facilitate this, we are now able to offer COVID-19 testing for all your laboratory animal models. And, because we understand that timing is critical, we'll get the answers you need in 48-72 hours. Details about this new test can be found below: Acceptable Species: Mouse, Rat, Non-Human Primate, Guinea Pig, Hamster, Gerbil, Rabbit, Peromyscus, Cotton Rat, Squirrel, Vole, Ferret, Dog, Cat, Swine, Sheep, Horse, Goat, Bovine Additional Samples: Cell [...]

May 1st, 2020|

Re-Populating Lab Rodent Areas After Covid-19

Your institution may need to re-populate a vacant animal room or perhaps even a whole building that was vacated during the pandemic. You'll want to develop a comprehensive re-population and operations plan via discussions with representative administrators, comparative medicine staff, animal-research scientists, and with facilities maintenance staff and purchasing staff as well. We owe it to the research and scientific efforts of our institutions, to our staff, and especially to our research subjects - the animals themselves, to get it right and get back on-track as quickly as possible. VRL's Dr. William Porter has provided a list of the 5 considerations you'll need to take when [...]

April 16th, 2020|

Waiting 4 or more days? Switch to VRL for results in 24-48 hours!

When it comes to Corynebacterium bovis (or C. bovis), VRL understands that time is of the essence. Unfortunately, C. bovis infection is quite common in some research facilities. It has the potential to spread very quickly through a colony and affect colony health, and the quality of your research. That's why early detection is so important, and thanks to VRL, you can receive your results in as little as 24 hours. In addition to C. bovis testing, our fast turnaround times extend to our Cell Line Testing services. The fact is, the biological sample you're using could be putting your animal colony at risk. Put those fears to rest. [...]

March 18th, 2020|

Fast, Reliable, Canine Chagas Testing

Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by T. cruzi, which is transmitted by triatomid insect vectors, also known as kissing bugs, to vertebrate hosts. Dogs are one of the key blood-meal sources for triatomines to transmit T. cruzi. The infection of T. cruzi in dogs causes nonspecific clinical signs, such as depression, lethargy, exercise intolerance, and arrhythmias. If your patients are experiencing these symptoms, it's important to test for Chagas disease, especially if you live in an area with a higher density of triatomines (such as Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona). At VRL, we understand the need for fast and reliable detection of T. cruzi. That's why we offer [...]

March 1st, 2020|

VRL Introduces New Find-A-Test Search Function

In an effort to evolve with the ever-changing needs of our customers, we have reorganized and redesigned our website to make it easier to find the information you need. We've also launched a new feature – Find a Test. Not sure what test you need? Simply navigate to the "Find A Test" page of our website where you can sort by Species, Panels, Methodology, or Specialized Tests. You'll also be able to search by keyword, test name, or test number. We hope these changes reflect the high level of service you've come to expect with VRL, and we'll continue to develop innovative solutions in the field of diagnostic testing. [...]

February 12th, 2020|

VRL now has canine Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi ) ELISA and PCR available for our clients!

VRL would like to announce that we now have canine Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi ) ELISA and PCR available for our clients! T. cruzi (Chagas disease) IgG ELISA Order Code D156 Specimen Requirements: 0.5 – 1.0 ml serum T. cruiz (Chagas disease) kDNA PCR Order Code D8583 Specimen Requirements: 1.0 ml-2.0 ml EDTA whole blood T. cruiz (Chagas disease) nDNA PCR Order Code D8540 Specimen Requirements: 1.0 ml-2.0 ml EDTA whole blood Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by T. cruzi, which is transmitted by triatomid insect vectors to vertebrate hosts. Among the domestic reservoirs, dogs are one of the key [...]

January 23rd, 2020|

VRL Makes Bundling Your Services Simple

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in animals and humans is a concern. The zoonotic transmission from various animal species is a concern for animal care staff. Be sure to rule out any suspicious infection with the bundled MRSA test, which includes: MRSA culture MRSA PCR Aerobic Sensitivity Microbiome studies have opened a new door to the research of diabetes and possibilities for its treatment. At VRL, we've put together bundle parameters to specifically address the need for your diabetes research. VRL also offers a series of alternatives to help you in your diabetes research, whether for screening purposes or for determining the effect of your research in the [...]

January 16th, 2020|

VRL Continues Growth Trend as Leading Independent Laboratory

Dennis Pitts, newly appointed president of VRL Laboratories, announced record-breaking growth in the first 9 months of 2019. According to Mr. Pitts, VRL has seen growth trends of nearly 28% in both non-human and rodent testing divisions. He credits this growth to VRL’s increased presence in the marketplace including developing new products like a sample collection method along with services geared to meet the ever-changing customer needs of quick turnaround times combined with convenience. According to Pitts, “as an independent laboratory, we strive to maintain the high-standards necessary in our business in providing objective analytical data. This goes beyond just having degreed personnel with the right certifications and [...]

November 21st, 2019|

Dennis Pitts named President of VRL Laboratories

Ron Berger, founder and president of VRL Laboratories recently named Dennis Pitts to succeed him. Mr. Berger will step into the Chairman’s role and leave day-to-day operations to Pitts while focusing on related business activities. Pitts, currently Director of Business Development and Marketing joined VRL two years ago after working with VRL as an outside consultant focusing on sales and growth strategies. Berger commented that, “Pitts’ scientific background combined with his marketing expertise has given VRL a strong vision for moving forward in the competitive area of animal diagnostic testing.” Pitts had stints as Director of Business Development at SNBL USA and Non-human Primate Manager at [...]

November 13th, 2019|

If a pathogen is there, we’ll find it.

Many systems now utilize exhaust filters from entire rack systems to capture particulates from animal cages. VRL would like you to know that with our Rodent Rack Plenum Testing (RRPT) we can detect any potential harmful organisms present on your filter. All this without the need for sentinel animals! Not only that, but you can be confident in the diagnostic testing services performed, and the results provided. Plenum testing offers all these advantages: Commit your research institution to the 3 R’s; Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement Sound Data to add to your Health Monitoring Program Ease of Sample Collection & Fast Results Talk with one of our scientists to see how RRPT can benefit [...]

October 10th, 2019|