Why choose PDL?

We offer ...

Dr. Koen Van Rompay

Dr. Koen Van Rompay  (DVM,Ph.D.) Director, PDL

  • Specialty lab testing and expert consultation services to both the public and private sector. This includes local, regional, national and international research colonies; zoological collections; veterinary laboratories; and practices of all sizes.
  • Methods and reagents validated, standardized, and controlled by in-laboratory studies and proficiency testing.
  • Maintenance of reference banks of characterized specimens.
  • All test results reviewed by qualified senior personnel prior to reporting.
  • Resource for development and maintenance of Specific Pathogen-free (SPF) colonies.
  • Resources for field or epidemiological studies.
  • Resources for laboratory baseline and monitoring of animals on research studies.
  • Resource for unusual or atypical diagnostic cases.
  • Staff committed to quality and client-oriented service.


In 1987 ...

Joann Yee

JoAnn Yee Technical Supervisor

PDL was funded by NCRR under the direction of Dr. Lerche to to develop and offer testing for nonhuman primates to develop specific pathogen free colonies and improve overall nonhuman primate colony health.

PDL now functions as both a research and diagnostic laboratory, and provides testing for SPF colonies.   

Over the years, the assays developed by PDL have been widely applied and resulted in more accurate and efficient diagnostic tests leading to specific pathogen free and better characterized nonhuman primate colonies.  PDL has also taken a leading role in technology transfer to other nonhuman primate institutions by providing training, characterized controls and reagents, and proficiency testing. 

We strive at developing new and improved tests as science and technology advance leading to the discovery of new pathogens and more sophisticated technologies.