Clinical Lab Services Manual

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory Clinical Lab Services Manual provides a description of all clinical tests available at the laboratory and other useful information.

Clinical Tests Available

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Special Public Health Microbiology

Reference Bacteriology

The Reference Bacteriology test area serves as a referral laboratory for the culture and identification of bacterial isolates that are unusual or difficult to identify.  Certain clinical samples are acceptable for primary isolation, but otherwise pure isolates are required for identification and serotyping. Anaerobic testing is not performed at Lab.

The following services are available from the Reference Bacteriology Lab:

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PulseNet

PulseNet is a program that was developed by, and is run under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  PulseNet is a function of all fifty State Public Health laboratories, as well as USDA, FDA, and international public health labs.

The goals of PulseNet are to:

PulseNet in Vermont

A clinical laboratory submits an isolate to the VDHL, or the organism may be isolated from a stool specimen submitted for enteric screening. The VDHL currently accepts Salmonella, Shigella, all enterohemorrhagic E. coli, and Listeria for PulseNet subtyping.

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Bioterrorism

The Bioterrorism Test Area serves as a referral laboratory for the confirmatory identification of suspect bioterrorism agents.  Certain clinical samples are acceptable for primary isolation, but otherwise pure isolates are required for identification. 

The following isolates will only be accepted if the provider has consulted with the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory Bioterrorism Testing Area and has received approval for testing:

The VDHL must be notified prior to submission of specimens.  Transport supplies will be provided if requested.

The Lab is a Reference Laboratory of the Laboratory Response network (LRN) and assists Sentinel Laboratories (ie., hospital labs) by providing training and support in specimen collection, storage, shipment, evidence control measures, and recognition of BT agents. 

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Food Microbiology

The Food Microbiology test area analyzes food samples from outbreak situations, biothreat events and the Department of Agriculture.  Food samples are collected by Sanitarians from the Department of Health Protection, Meat inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, or the state HazMat Team.

The VDHL is a Food Emergency Response Laboratory (FERN) and has the capability of analyzing food samples for the select agents of bioterrorism.

The following services are available from the Food Microbiology Lab:

For outbreak situations and biothreat events all requests must receive prior approval from Epidemiology.

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Reportable Diseases

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Fee Schedule

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Clinical Forms

***All forms are in PDF format.

Submission Forms

Instructions for Specimen Collection

Kit Order Forms

To order a kit by phone call 802-863-7560.

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Provider Fact Sheets

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Contact Information

Laboratory/Epidemiology Contact Information (Printable PDF)

Telephone/Fax

Location
Vermont Department of Health Laboratory
195 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT

Mailing Address
Vermont Department of Health Laboratory
195 Colchester Avenue
PO Box 1125
Burlington, VT 05402-1125

Hours
7:45am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday

Directions to Health Department Laboratory

From Interstate 89:

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