Diagnostic Services

Science Center Objects

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) conducts laboratory investigations to determine the causes of wildlife mortality events, especially large-scale die-offs or those that are otherwise unusual.

NWHC Diagnostic Services

The NWHC provides diagnostic investigation services to determine causes of wildlife morbidity and mortality events. These services include specialized services in pathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, and chemistry, and use microbiological, molecular-biological, and descriptive techniques to identify and characterize agents of infectious disease.

gull necropsy

Scientist inspects a ring-billed gull submitted for avian botulism type E testing. (Credit: Stephanie Steinfeldt, USGS. Public domain.)

Diagnostic Case Submission Guidelines

Report a mortality event and submit specimens

Mortality Event Reporting and Diagnostic Evaluation Workflow


NWHC Laboratories and Capabilities