Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory on Monday, April 24 from 4-6 p.m. The community is invited to attend. The lab is located at 980B Center Street in Carthage. Parking is available near the Carthage Veterinary Service main office at the 303 North Second Street location. The ribbon cutting will occur at 4:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and tours of the lab.
The Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory is located in a newly renovated building on the north end of the old Robert Morris College. The new molecular laboratory replaces a smaller facility that was previously located in the main office and allows Carthage Veterinary Service to expand its laboratory services to their clients by now running samples in-house instead of sending to third party laboratories for analysis. The Carthage Diagnostic Laboratory is capable of running rt-PCR (Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) assays as well as ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) assays that are used to monitor the health status of swine herds. The in-house testing will allow quicker turnaround of results allowing the veterinarian to implement needed actions sooner. As part of the expansion, two additional team members will be added to the team to assist with sample processing and diagnostic data management.