The Alabama state veterinary diagnostic laboratory system provides diagnostic services for Alabama livestock and poultry producers, veterinarians, animal owners, and apiary owners. A wide range of diagnostic tests are performed daily by the central laboratory in Auburn and by regional laboratories in Boaz, Hanceville, and Elba. Animal owners are encouraged to work through their local veterinarian when submitting samples for testing.

The laboratories are not veterinary practices and do not perform clinical services provided by local veterinarians. The diagnostic laboratories provide diagnostic consultation, testing, and assistance for diseases in livestock and poultry, companion animals, honey bees, and wildlife. The laboratories conduct disease surveillance testing and provide educational outreach to veterinarians, the animal industries, students, and pet owners in Alabama . 

The veterinary diagnostic laboratories are a program of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan, Commissioner. Within the Division of Agriculture and Animal Protection, and the laboratories are under the general supervision of the State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier .  The laboratories work in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Poultry Improvement Plan. The  Auburn laboratory is a member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network.