The CAHFS Virology service provides virus isolation for identification of new and emerging viruses. Virus isolation is available to determine presence of live infectious agents, monitor viruses for genetic changes, and meet testing requirements for animals being exported to other countries.

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CAHFS Aquaculture service, located at our San Bernardino laboratory, provides comprehensive necropsy, histopathology and selected ancillary testing on commercial, small pond, aquarium and ornamental fish.

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Emeritus Faculty

Alex Ardans, DVM


Served CAHFS from 1987-2008

Bradd Barr, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACPV

Pathologist - Davis

Served CAHFS from 1985-2013

Richard E Breitmeyer, DVM, MPVM


Served CAHFS from 2010-2016

Arthur Bickford, VMD, DACPV

Avian Diagnostician - Turlock

Served CAHFS from 1984-2001

Patricia Blanchard, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Pathologist - Tulare

Served CAHFS from 1987-2016

Jim Case, DVM, PhD

Informatics - Davis

Food Pathogen

The San Bernardino laboratory provides surveillance and diagnostic testing on milk and dairy products submitted by the Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Dairy food pathogen testing is a critical element to ensure particular bacteria that can cause serious illness in people, such as Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria, Campylobacter or Brucella, are not present in dairy foods for human consumption.

Holiday Schedule

January 1, 2018 - New Year's Holiday - CLOSED

January 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - CLOSED

February 19, 2018 - President's Day - CLOSED

March 30, 2018 - Cesar Chavez Day - LIMITED SERVICES

May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day - CLOSED

July 4, 2018 - Independence Day - CLOSED

September 3, 2018 - Labor Day - CLOSED

November 12, 2018 - Veteran's Day - LIMITED SERVICES

Milk & Dairy Lab

In cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, CAHFS provides specialized dairy product quality testing in our Milk & Dairy Chemistry and Milk & Dairy Microbiology laboratories located at our San Bernardino laboratory.

Milk & Dairy Chemistry

CAHFS operates as the State of California's central reference laboratory for measuring dairy products for their wholesomeness and nutrient makeup. This quality assurance program ensures dairy products are compliant with regulations, protecting both the consumer and the producer.