The Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL), located in Willmar serves as the official or Authorized Laboratory for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) in Minnesota. It is also the center for management of the Board’s poultry programs. In addition, the MPTL serves as the Official State Agency for administration of the NPIP. The MPTL performs all of the required disease testing for the state’s poultry industry, in addition to a full range of poultry diagnostic serology testing which includes testing for Salmonella, influenza, Mycoplasma and other poultry diseases.
Staff at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory work to protect and advance poultry health in Minnesota. Two teams unite under one roof in Willmar to accomplish this goal. The Board of Animal Health is the state regulatory agency working to keep producers and industry current with several ongoing disease surveillance programs, responding, and taking action as needed. The University of Minnesota provides the space, hands-on technical expertise and laboratory technicians to conduct tests for poultry disease surveillance and diagnostic programs.
The MPTL serves and supports Minnesota’s poultry industry: turkey, meat-type chicken (broiler), egg-type chicken (layer), upland game bird and backyard/waterfowl/exhibition poultry. Though large commercial flocks make up the majority of poultry in the state and the bulk of testing at the MPTL, thousands of tests are conducted each year on smaller and backyard poultry flocks.
The MPTL cooperates with the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) in St. Paul where necropsies are conducted and other types of molecular diagnostic testing are performed. For more information, contact the VDL at 612-625-8787 or visit the website.
Test submission forms and testing supplies can be ordered via email or by calling the MPTL at 320-231-5170.