City University of Hong Kong-HK

CityU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

About Us

The CityU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Company Ltd (CityU VDL) at City University of Hong Kong is a subsidiary of City University.

The mission of the laboratory is to provide a comprehensive veterinary diagnostic service to the veterinarians and researchers of Hong Kong. As the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (CVMLS) develops the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme and students enter the clinical years of their course, the CityU VDL will contribute to veterinary teaching. The CityU VDL will be in a unique position to offer support into animal disease research. Scholarly publication, interdisciplinary collaborations, and local veterinarian engagement via continuing education events will be encouraged. Collaboration with medical professionals will provide opportunities for diagnosis and research into zoonotic diseases under the “One Health” concept.

The CityU VDL will be operated by specialist veterinary diagnosticians, using the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine training and standards, and will be committed to providing accurate, timely and user-friendly testing services to the veterinary community of Hong Kong and the region. With the increasing size and sophistication of the Hong Kong veterinary community and the drive to modernize veterinary medicine, a world-class veterinary diagnostic laboratory will aid the advancing veterinary community.

The CityU VDL will benefit veterinary clinicians, pets and pet owners, farmers and their livestock, biomedical researchers, animal parks, and wildlife by providing a comprehensive, quality veterinary diagnostic service delivered in a timely manner. It will be an additional resource for identifying, tracking and addressing emerging animal diseases and public health issues.

Currently the laboratory is being equipped and staffed, planning to open to receive samples in late 2017.


The CityU VDL has three significant objectives to pursue:

  1. To provide a quality, timely diagnostic service to the Hong Kong and regional veterinary community.
  2. To collaborate with the CVMLS in teaching of the veterinary diagnostic disciplines
  3. To contribute to research and disease investigations into regional veterinary diseases of animal and public health importance.


The major sections and services of the laboratory offered include:

  • Anatomic pathology: Post mortem examinations, surgical biopsy evaluation, dermatopathology and diagnostic immunohistochemistry.
  • Clinical pathology: Laboratory testing of animal specimens by haematology, clinical chemistry, diagnostic cytology, immunocytochemistry, immunophenotyping, endocrinology and urinalysis.
  • Bacteriology/Mycology: Aerobic and anaerobic culture and MALDI/TOF identification of bacterial pathogens or fungi. In addition, antibiotic sensitivity will be available.
  • Molecular diagnostics: Detection of DNA or RNA from the common infectious agents of domestic and exotic animals.
  • Serology: Antigen capture ELISA, antibody ELISA, immunofluorescent antibody testing (IFAT), and microscopic agglutination tests (MAT) for common infectious agents of domestic and exotic animals.
  • Parasitology: Detection and identification of animal parasites from animal faeces, tissues, fluids and environmental samples.


Full list of CityU VDL staff