Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) Laboratory

These services are available to all Manitoba livestock producers and companion animal owners through their veterinarians, and to universities and colleges, zoos and government departments.

Important Notice 

Updated May 23, 2023

  • Starting May 30, 2023, VDS will be switching from faxing to emailing invoices. Clients have the option of having one email for invoicing and another for reporting. VDS will also request for one fax number as a backup for communication. 

Vision and Mission Statements

Our Vision

To nurture a culture that has a commitment to clients, values staff and provides leading-edge veterinary diagnostic services.

Our Mission

To protect and advance animal and public health through diagnostic excellence.

Hours of Operation

The laboratory and reception are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed during statutory holidays.


Fees are charged based on the Fee Schedule (PDF 247 KB). 


VDS only accepts payment by cheque or money order, made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Case Submission Forms

To submit a sample to VDS, complete a Case Submission Form.

Confidentiality and Privacy Notice

To learn more about the VDS's notices on confidentiality, disclosure, privacy and ownership of submitted materials, please click here.

Laboratory Manuals

Laboratory Manuals are reference materials that provide technical information on the different laboratory tests conducted by VDS.

VDS Dashboards

The VDS Dashboards contain statistics related to the tests/cases as well as the pathology diagnoses conducted by VDS. 
Stay current on animal health in Manitoba by reading the VDS newsletter. It includes cases, news and updates from the Animal Health and Welfare branch.

VDS Contact Directory

 Click here (PDF 577 KB) to download a copy of the directory.
VDS Section Contact Information
General Inquiries or 204-945-8220 in Winnipeg
Accounts Payable Inquiries or 204-945-8220 in  Winnipeg
Clinical Pathology Inquiries
Microbiology Inquiries
(Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology)
Virology Inquiries
(PCR/Molecular Diagnostics, Serology)

Manager, VDS
Dr. Brenda Bryan
Anatomic Pathologist
Dr. Karlyn Bland
Clinical Pathologist
Dr. Marek Tomczyk
Anatomic Pathologist
Dr. Md Niaz Rahim
Chief Scientist 
Dr. Neil Pople
Anatomic Pathologist/Veterinary Microbiologist
Dr. Vasyl Shpyrka
Diagnostic Pathologist


Contact Us

Veterinary Diagnostic Services
545 University Crescent,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5S6
Phone: 204-945-8220 in Winnipeg

Useful Links

For inquiries regarding wildlife including CWD, please contact Fish and Wildlife.