The Rabies Laboratory of Kansas State University


The Rabies Laboratory performs titer testing of humans and animals for verification of vaccine status. The laboratory provides Rabies titer reports verifying rabies antibody status for animals traveling to destinations requiring proof of vaccination. In addition, the Rabies Laboratory is the only rabies diagnostic lab for the state of Kansas. The diagnostic team tests brain tissue for animals suspected of having rabies and coordinates closely on all positive results with Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Rabies Laboratory is one of the highest volume rabies serology centers in the world for both humans and animals handling over 100,000 samples each year. The lab has extensive experience in measuring rabies antibodies by the Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization (FAVN) test and Rapid Fluorescent Focus Inhibition Test (RFFIT) and Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

The Rabies Laboratory meets quality monitoring standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments as well as numerous State departments of health and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The lab also welcomes and engages in collaborations involving testing new pharmaceuticals, vaccine development and other research studies with academic and commercial partners.

Laboratory Licenses

Laboratory Personnel

KSVDL Director
Jamie Retallick
Quality Practices Manager
Cammen Lewis
Communications and Customer Service
Jennifer Rogosch
Cindy Snyder
Jesse Uhlman
Human Serology and Special Projects
Allyson Barksdale
Dale Claassen
Amanda Couts
Jason DeFisher
Suhasini Ganta
Jamie Gardner
Kasey Hogan
Celine Jiron-Corrales
Mark Koller
Miriam Macedo
Abigail Mills
Jessica Mitchell
Teresa Ortega-Villacana
Jeeva Rathnaweera
Maureen Sheahan
Hannah Tice
Brenda Waters
Heather Wittstruck
Animal Serology
Jared Benefield
Maddy Davis
Jamie Hughes
Hunter Kueser
Mackenzie Messer
Florence Wang
Rolan Davis
Guinevere Richards

Note: For all diagnostic emergencies please call: 785-532-5690.