Animal Health Laboratory

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) provides a wide range of veterinary pathology diagnostic services, including necropsy, microbiology, clinical pathology, histology, serology and parasitology services for livestock, wildlife and aquatic animal species​.

Except for the exclusion of notifiable diseases, diagnostic services for companion and performance animals are not part of our core business. These services may be available on prior negotiation with the laboratory.

The Animal Health Laboratory is NATA accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 ( Regular audits by NATA ensure that the Laboratory meets all requirements, from our Quality System to our Testing Methods, under this International Standard.

Laboratory Hours

Specimen Reception - 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays).

Range of Services

​AHL offers a broad range of routine pathology testing services on submissions.

Note: In order to offer the best possible service AHL refers some testing to other laboratories.

Testing is offered on a fee for service basis.

All submissions, except worm tests, must have a nominated veterinarian.

All samples must be accompanied by a specimen advice form.

​Fees for Tasmanian clients are subsidised by the Tasmanian state government. No charges are levied for testing services provided for exotic or other specified disease investigation programs (e.g. NSDIP, NTSEP​)

Where the submitter expects the work to be funded (entirely or partially) by NRE Tas please indicate on the advice sheet -

  • the reason for this request;
  • the NRE Tas Tasmania veterinary officer authorising the request; and
  • the source of funds should be clearly stated on the Laboratory Advice Note and accompanied by the completed forms (e.g. NSDIP, NTSTEP form​).

Please note that the Laboratories do not charge a fee for investigating a suspect case of an emergency animal disease.

​Refer to the guidelines for submitting samples to the laboratory.

A LabFact  for submissions, reports, sample retention and feedback is available at

AHL Submissions Reports Feedback and Sample Retention (PDF 86Kb)​

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Animal Health Laboratory - Specimen Reception

(Postal) PO Box 46,
(Delivery) 165 Westbury Road,