California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System

Photo: CAHFS logo


The CAHFS is a public service program of the University. The primary objectives of the CAHFS are to provide appropriate and timely diagnostic support to safeguard the health of California’s livestock and poultry industries and to protect the public health from animal disease. The CAHFS mission is:

To provide the citizens of California with the highest quality diagnostic laboratory support service for:

  • Surveillance and response to foreign animal diseases
  • Livestock and poultry disease control
  • Enhancement of livestock and poultry health
  • Ensuring the safety of foods of animal origin
  • Protection from animal diseases that can affect people 
  • Equine health and performance
  • Recognition and dissemination of new knowledge.