University of Guelph State-of-the-Art Facilities


The Department of Pathobiology/Animal Health Laboratory building, which opened in 2010, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including laser capture microdissection, real-time PCR, advanced flowcytometry, fluid handling robots, advanced microscopy, proteomic and genomic instruments as well as several other cutting-edge research and diagnostic equipment.

University of Guelph departments and units affiliated with the PHRN include Pathology, Animal Health Laboratory, Animal & Poultry Science, Population Medicine, Biomedical Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Food Science, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics, as well as College of Management and Economics, School of computer Science and School of Engineering.


The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) has 17 veterinarians on staff and offers more than 1,000 diagnostic tests. Services include: anatomic pathology, bacteriology/mycoplasmology, clinical pathology, immunology/serology, molecular biology, virology, parasitology, toxicology/soil and nutrient and surveillance. From 2008 to 2011, more than 4,000 chickens and close to 3,000 turkeys were submitted to the AHL each year.


Two animal facilities are associated with the PHRN - the Arkell Research Station and the Animal Isolation Unit. The Arkell Poultry Research Station has modern alternative housing for pullets and layers, including the latest developments in non-caged and enriched caging systems with capacity to house approximately 10,000 birds. The Animal Isolation Unit is designed for biocontainment level 2 research which allows our researchers to work with infectious agents, such as coccidia, Salmonella, Campylobacter, infectious bronchitis virus, infectious bursal disease virus, avian influenza virus, Marek’s disease virus and fowl adenovirus.