Welcome to Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc.


Client focused Veterinary Diagnostic Services and expertise in support of animal health diagnostics, research, teaching and surveillance.


Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. (PDS) is a non-profit corporation created by a partnership of the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. PDS is dedicated to providing veterinary diagnostic services and is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and the Standards Council of Canada to ISO/IEC 17025 standard.

PDS is located at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon with laboratories integrated directly into the College. The laboratory provides a full range of diagnostic services including: necropsy, surgical pathology, clinical pathology, histology, bacteriology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, virology, toxicology and endocrinology.



Change in Service Hours

PDS Receiving Office will be closing Saturdays in July and August starting July 6, 2024.


PDS prices increased June 1, 2024

New Test

Influenza A HA and NA Sequencing 

PDS is no longer accepting Gel Swabs for PCR Testing

Additional Information


Beef and Swine Extension Services available to PDS Clients

Beef Extension Services

Swine Extension Services


Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Testing

EIA Digital reporting with Global Vet Link (GVL) is effective as of December 1, 2021. Please contact your CFIA District Office if you have any questions regarding the GVL transition.

Paper submissions will require CFIA approval. PDS will not process paper submissions without CFIA approval. Ensure to contact your CFIA District Office before submitting.


How to Submit Samples to PDS

Food Animal

Companion Animal

Avian / Reptile / Exotic / Wildlife

Specialty Services

Applied Research

Contact PDS

Prairie Ocular Pathology Service (POPS)

POPS Submission Form

News and Information

Influenza A HA and NA Sequencing


PDS is excited to announce that Influenza A HA and NA Sequencing is now available.  Click here to read more...

Toxicology Update


Toxicology update from Dr. Cowan & Dr. Blakley...

Zinc phosphide use in Saskatchewan


Zinc Phosphide for rodent control in Saskatchewan...

Q Fever Testing at PDS


All Saskatchewan bovine/ovine/caprine placentas submitted to PDS will be tested for Coxiella burnetti (Q Fever) via PCR analysis.  This testing will be done at no charge to Saskatchewan PDS...