​​​​​​​​​​​​Blood samples should be collected aseptically using a 10 ml plain blood vacuum tube.

Allow each sample to clot, and the serum to separate, before refrigerating and transporting to the laboratory.

Samples must be labelled serially (e.g. 1 to 20). Label the tube, not the cap, as caps are removed during testing. Please submit a key list of sample numbers and animal numbers.  

  Herd or Flock animal identification sheet   (42Kb)

Serology tests​

Sample type

Minimum Sample required

AGID (Agar Gel Immunodiffusion) - bluetongue, Johne's, mucosal diseaseclotted blood2 ml
CFT (B. abortus or
B. ovis, Q fever)
clotted blood2 ml

ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) - caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), Johne's disease. ​​

clotted blood2 ml
​Antigen ELISA (pestivirus) ​clotted blood or heparinised blood2 ml
ear notch5 mm diameter
Leptospirosisclotted blood2 ml
Toxoplasmosis (MAT or IFAT)clotted blood or serum 1 ml (0.2 ml serum)
Neosporum canium (IFAT)clotted blood, tissue fluids (heart blood, thoracic, abomasal or cardiac)Retrieve tissue fluids from aborted foetus at necropsy

Please contact the laboratory to discuss other tests that may be offered by external laboratories.

(​Additional freight and handling charges will apply.)

​ ​ ​Common Sendaway Tests
SNT (neutralisation test) - Akabane virus, Aino virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR)​clotted blood​​

​5 ml


Animal Health Laboratory - Specimen Reception

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