Kara Robbins and Dustin Loy discuss bacteria samples tested in new equipment at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Clinic. Craig Chandler - University Communication
Kara Robbins and Dustin Loy discuss bacteria samples tested in new equipment at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Clinic.

New equipment at Nebraska diagnostic lab speeds testing

New mass spectrometry equipment centerpiece of upgraded veterinary lab now under construction in Lincoln, Neb.

When scours, pink eye or respiratory disease strikes a cow/calf herd or feedlot pen, a quick and accurate diagnosis of the culprit pathogen is key to containing the damage.

A new instrument has enabled veterinarians at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to identify potentially deadly bacteria in a matter of minutes — compared to the days it once took to identify pathogens via lab culture.

The $250,000 instrument uses MALDI-TOF

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