Analytical Services Laboratory FAQ's

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions posed to the Analytical Services Laboratory

Analytical Services

The Analytical Services lab is located in Laramie, Wyoming at 1174 Snowy Range Road.

It depends on the sample and what you want tested. The easiest path is to contact the lab at (307) 742-2984 for a price quote and sampling instructions prior to submitting samples.

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It really depends on the product or substance being tested. It's easiest to contact the lab at 307-742-2984 to get instructions for your specific needs.

Analytical Services actively contributes to the protection of health and the quality-of-life of our agriculture and urban communities. This mission continues by: efficiently producing the highest quality data possible; expanding the knowledge, expertise and skills of our personnel; cooperating with all agencies, groups and individuals interested in achieving these same goals.

Analytical Services performs chemical and microbiological examinations or determinations on animal feeds and forage, fertilizer, hemp, meat, foods, raw and finished dairy products, water, waste water, petroleum fuels, pesticide formulations and a host of products for pesticide residues. 

Analytical Services runs hundreds of different analyses. Give us a call to find out if we can help in your testing needs.

Yes, we will analyze most sample types for the general public on a fee basis. The kind of testing performed would be similar to that performed on regulatory samples utilizing the same methods.

Wyoming Statute defines who must pay for the services. Specifically Wyoming Statute 35-7-201(c) states: "Any person, firm, corporation or association, with the exception of cities, counties and state regulatory agencies, who shall submit any article or commodity for analysis or examination shall remit such fee as may be established for the purpose of making this service available to the general public at a reasonable cost, but which fee shall be comparable to that charged for the same service by commercial laboratories operating within the state. Accounting shall be made of all fees so received by the state chemist and shall be paid into the general fund."

You may contact the laboratory by mail, phone, FAX, e-mail or through the Internet.

Analytical Services does not collect any of the samples analyzed in the laboratory. The employees of the Consumer Health Services Section or Technical Services Section collect samples analyzed for the Department of Agriculture. Other samples are collected by the department, agency, firm or individual submitting the sample for analysis. Analytical Services can provide information on sampling and in some cases will provide sample containers. All first time sample submitters should contact the laboratory prior to sample collection and shipment to ensure laboratory capability, sample requirements and schedules.

In order to ensure your samples are collected and shipped correctly, it is important to call the laboratory for guidance dependent on the sample you are sending.

Analytical Service's goal is to have 95% of all samples completed within 30 days of receipt. If you have special requirements, contact the laboratory prior to sample collection and submission.

You can find out more about Analytical Services by visiting the tabs on the menu bar or by calling the laboratory at 307-742-2984. In addition to information about testing programs, analyses and certifications, you can find out about test methods, methods of collecting samples and much more.

Much of the data generated by Analytical Services is used by the various regulatory agencies to ensure the products manufactured or marketed in Wyoming meet standards imposed by state and federal law or regulation. A large percentage of this work is for the protection of the public's health and the health of food animals. Data generated for the general public is used for a wide variety of purposes; such as improving the profitability of production agriculture, demonstrating compliance with state or federal regulations, the kind and size of water treatment equipment, the quality of surface water and the identification of pollution sources, etc.

With the exception of our lab tech position, which requires an associates degree, all other professional positions require at least a bachelors degree and one year of experience. Typically, the lab is looking for scientists with degrees in microbiology and chemistry or closely related degrees requiring significant course work in chemistry or microbiology. Mathematics coursework is also heavily considered when evaluating applicants.

Analytical Services trains its professional staff in the methods and procedures they will be expected to use. Microbiologists in the dairy program ultimately have to be FDA certified; however, this takes place following employment.

Analytical Services is funded 100% from the State's general fund through the Wyoming Department of Agriculture

Other state, commercial and educational laboratories are listed on the Laboratories in Wyoming tab on this site. If you know of other labs or would like your lab listed, please contact the lab at 307-742-2984.

Analytical Services offers several water analysis programs. Based on the chemical and bacteriological analyses we perform, a determination can be made on the water's suitability for human or livestock consumption using the U.S. EPA's maximum contaminant levels (MCL) and for lawn and garden or production agriculture irrigation. There are several websites that will assist a customer with determining water quality issues. "Safe" is not a term we use. Safe implies there is nothing in the water which could cause harm and unless every possible contaminant known is determined the claim of "safe" could not be made. Besides the tests identified in these programs, we can run many others if specific problems or conditions exist. Contact the lab if this is the case.

Analytical Services offers several forage analysis programs. A sample of your forage is analyzed for moisture, crude protein and acid detergent fiber. In another popular program, we analyze grass (oat) hays for potassium nitrate prior to cutting in an effort to reduce this toxic substance, while at the same time trying to minimize the loss of protein. These samples are run as soon as possible and the results are called into the customer. We can make recommendations based on our analyses but we can not guarantee absolute safety.