The following information will apply to all sample and species types for pregnancy and biosecurity disease testing.
Dos and Don’ts
The following information applies to all sample and species types for pregnancy and biosecurity disease testing.
It is recommended that samples sent to the laboratory have a maximum of 48 hours total transit time during the hottest part of the summer. Please abstain from sending packages on Fridays or before long weekends/holidays.
Proper packaging keeps everyone safe and prevents public health hazards due to leaking. The shipper is responsible for following the regulations for acceptable packaging and labeling of diagnostic specimens. Never hesitate to contact our staff for assistance or review the link below.
Samples submitted to the laboratory for testing need to be in a package labeled “exempt animal specimen.” The shipping container must be of suitable strength to withstand shipping, storage, and handling. Packing consists of 3 individual components.
The primary container should be a watertight, leakproof container with a secure closure, e.g. blood collection tubes or screw cap containers. All submitted samples must be labeled with the animal ID (name or ear tag number). The primary container (blood tube) is then wrapped in absorbent material (paper towel) in sufficient quantity to absorb the entire contents should the liquid leak and placed in a secondary leakproof packaging (ziplock bag).
Note: Multiple blood tubes placed in a single ziplock bag must be individually wrapped or separated with a paper towel or newspaper to prevent contact between them.
Please do not use the submission form to wrap the specimens in; if there is any leakage, it will become damaged. We also recommend putting the submission form in a waterproof bag. Place all these items in an outer package, such as cardboard for pregnancy samples or a cooler for disease samples. Place an ice or gel pack to keep the specimen cool. Do not use frozen water-filled bags to cool the samples; use commercial ice packs to prevent leakage. The outer package cardboard box must withstand a 4-foot drop test as outlined in IATA and DOT regulations and must be marked with the international biohazard symbol.
In the winter, this packaging method also prevents the samples from freezing. Samples for disease testing must be protected from heat and freezing as both can create hemolyzation, degrading the integrity of the results.
Labeling: The outer packaging can be marked “exempt animal specimen.” Double-check that your submission form includes your shipping address, contact number, and contact email so that staff can deliver results promptly.
Note: Do not send in samples in syringes with needles attached. Make sure to remove all sharps from the boxes. Packages with sharps will be rejected for processing by management. Please do not send in samples in gloves, OB sleeves, or leaky containers.