Welcome to Laboratory Resources!
This site is dedicated to providing information about the various laboratory
resources for aquatic animal health specialists, resource agencies, and private
aquaculture facilities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Animal Health
Program (USFWS-AAHP) is committed to providing state-of-the-art information,
laboratory services and referrals, and current information on training and
continued education opportunities in aquatic animal health.
Inspection Laboratories and Services
Diagnostic and health inspection laboratory
services are extremely important to preventing the spread of diseases and promoting
healthy aquatic animals and ecosystems. The FWS Fish Health Centers provide diagnostic
services and inspections to our partners, on an as-available basis. While our primary
obligation is to natural resource management, if we are not able to provide
inspection services directly, we will assist you in finding the appropriate
laboratory for your resource management needs. We have strived to provide a comprehensive list of state, regional, and accredited
laboratories who specialize in aquatic animal health laboratory services. You can also contact your regional Fish
Health Center for further assistance.
The FWS-AAHP believes excellence in laboratory services includes
standardization of testing methods and utilization of high quality reagents
and reference materials. Because Quality Improvement in the laboratory relies on standardized procedures and
premium reagents, the USFWS-AAH program only uses high quality reagents from reputable sources. Several links are provided for commonly used reagent sources.
Education and Training
Specialized training and continued education is cornerstone to the excellence in science that the FWS-AAH program promotes. Our biologists will continue to expand their knowledge in the
diverse number of sciences linked with aquatic animal health.
To promote the continuous improvements in QA/QC in the laboratory, and assist
laboratory clinicians with additional information, we have included several
related links and Troubleshooting Guides for both general and highly specific