​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Samples should be taken:

  • from living or recently dead animals,
  • from the affected site(s) as early as possible following the onset of clinical signs,
  • from the edge of the lesion and include some macroscopically normal tissue,
  • as aseptically as possible,
  • before the administration of any form of treatment.

    All specimens should be accompanied by a complete case history including a tentative diagnosis.

AHL Laboratory Submission form (PDF 183Kb) 

Terrestrial Animals

Mi​​crobiology tests
Sample type
Minimum Sample required
Special needs/comments
Routine culture ​ ​ ​ ​Tissue4 cm3Separate sterile containers
Swab Taken from the active margin of lesion, submitted in transport medium.
Faeces10 gIn leak-proof container
Urine10 mlMid-stream (preferred) urine collected aseptically into a sterile container
Hair/wool Hair plucked from the active margin of lesion and deep skin scraping in a sterile container.

Mastitis culture and sensitivity


10 ml

Fresh, aseptically collected milk samples stored between 2 and 8°C. Freeze if delayed for more than 48 hours. For details-www.dairyaustralia.com.au

Note: Mycoplasma bovis testing is now undertaken in the Molecular Biology laboratory by direct PCR

Abortion investigation from tissuesFoetal abomasal fluid, lung and placenta separate sterile containers

Swab of lesion

Note: Whole feet may also be submitted

6 samples per mob

AHL LabFact footrot culture for sheep (PDF 109Kb)

AHL LabFact Footrot (PDF 89Kb)

Samples in footrot transport media (available from AHL).

Johne's disease faecal cultureFaeces10 gIn leak-proof container
(This test is not conducted at the AHL. Samples are sent to another laboratory)
Johne's disease pooled faecal culturePooled faeces from a maximum of 50 sheep from mob 1 pellet per animalContact laboratory for sample collection instructions
(This test is not conducted at the AHL. Samples are sent to another laboratory)
Infertility investigationBovine preputial washing /  vaginal mucous

AHL LabFact Bovine Infertility Investigation (PDF 185Kb)

Please contact the laboratory for sampling equipment and reagents.

​Salmonella serotyping​Isolate

​On request, isolated Salmonella sp. can be forwarded to a reference laboratory for serotyping and/or phage typing.

Surchages will apply. Please contact the laboratory for costings

​Semen analysis​Semen​Collected into a sterile container
Bee diseases (AFB, EFB, chalk brood) ​Brood combAffected brood comb with dead larvae
Honey for AFB50 mlStore at room temperature.


Animal Health Laboratory - Specimen Reception

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