C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory provides no-cost food animal, fiber animal and equine animal testing and markedly reduced-cost companion animal testing for pet owners of Tennessee. By providing diagnostic services to food and fiber animal producers we serve the needs of the livestock industry and promote animal health within the state of Tennessee. Thus one of our primary goals is to quickly provide a diagnosis in cases of herd health problems so that practicing veterinarians can provide effective treatment and management advice to area producers and prevent further herd losses.
Another goal, accomplished by providing reduced-cost services for companion animals, not only serves the needs of Tennessee pet owners and companion animal veterinarians, but also allows monitoring of animals in close contact with people for possible emerging, zoonotic (diseases passed from animals to people) and anthroponotic (diseases passed from people to animals) infectious diseases and/or environmental toxins. This function is in support of the increasingly important worldwide collaboration among public and animal health officials known as the One Health initiative.
KAHDL services in support of animal disease diagnosis and regulatory activities within the state of Tennessee include post-mortem diagnostics conducted on deceased animals submitted to the laboratory for examination (we do not accept live animals), as well as diagnostic testing on specimens from live animals, such as surgical biopsies and tissue cultures that are submitted to the laboratory to help referring veterinarians diagnose live animal disease processes and/or meet regulatory requirements.
The Kord lab has had staffing cutbacks and no longer can accept improper specimens or forward specimens for testing which we do not perform. Please read the guide or call ahead if there are any questions regarding submissions or test offerings. Similarly, some of our test turnaround times have been impacted -- to know likely turnaround times, it is recommended that clients call the lab first.
Dr. Milagros D. (Millie) Brookins graduated from the Central University of Venezuela with her veterinary degree. She received additional pathology training from the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigatinoal Laboratory, at the University of Georgia and spent a year at the University of Florida. Dr. Brookins leads an active life outside the lab where she continuously shares her roots and has strong ties to her family in Venezuela. In addition to being active in sports like tennis, Dr. Brookins is a busy single mother who proudly supports a daughter who is now a sophomore college student at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Robyn A. Haines graduated with honors from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a BA in chemistry. During her last year at Earlham College she was the director for the student run equestrian center. She spent the next five years managing stables and working in small animal general practice as a veterinary technician before deciding to continue her education at the Ohio State University. Here she graduated magnum cum laude with her DVM degree, followed by completion of an anatomic pathology residency and a PhD in experimental pathobiology. Her research focused on the development and characterization of animal models of mother to child transmission of the oncogenic retrovirus HTLV-1. She is board certified in anatomic pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and gardening.
Dr. Tina G. Fisher graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in chemistry. Her chemistry career included the synthesis of dyes used in the initial color copiers. She received her DVM with honors from the Ohio State University. Upon graduation, she moved west to Washington State University where she completed her pathology residency and PhD. After spending a year at the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory she accepted her current position at Kord as a Diagnostic Pathologist and has been with the lab for a little more than a decade. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, nature walks, and interacting with her pets. Her favorite cartoon character is Rory in The Barn by Ralph Hagen.
The Laboratory Director is Dr. Scott Reed who may be reached at (615) 837-5125.
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