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The Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory was founded in 2009 with the help of Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed.  Its mission is to support aquaculture and associated aquatic animal industries by providing diagnostic services to the aquaculture industry, extension agents and regulators both in Rhode Island and other northeastern states. 

The laboratory focuses on diseases of aquatic animals including fish and shellfish of all types, with a concentration on diseases of bivalve mollusks.  We use traditional pathological diagnostic methods combined with cutting edge molecular techniques.

The laboratory engages in externally funded, aquatic animal health research and trains RWU marine biology students in aquatic animal health diagnostic and care methods using the very latest technology.

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