Animal Health Laboratory (AHL)

Protecting the Agri-Food Sector and Consumers from Disease

The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) unit of the Laboratory Services Division provides a full-service, fully accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory that supports provincial animal disease diagnosis and surveillance. Scientists and technical staff at the AHL link their expertise with University of Guelph personnel to provide a single source of laboratory services in animal health, encompassing food-producing animals (livestock and poultry), exotic and zoo animals, horses, companion animals and avian and mammalian wildlife populations.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and  Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph provide a critical mass of leading veterinary specialists and laboratory staff that contribute to achieving high quality and efficient testing at the AHL.

To learn more about how the AHL is protecting Ontarians, visit their website. OVC Pathobiology building from Gordon St view


Key AHL Areas of Interest


Animal Health Strategic Investment (AHSI)

As part of the current Partnership agreement, funding was provided to launch the Animal Health Strategic Investment (AHSI), managed through AHL. Read more about the AHSI initiative


Disease Surveillance Plan (DSP)

The AHL has been awarded funding for a Disease Surveillance Plan (DSP).
Read more about the DSP.