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Changes to APHA laboratory testing locations

We’re making changes to where samples should be sent which will help speed up test turn-around times.  From 11 December 2017 samples should be posted to the APHA laboratory location based on the type of sample and test needed. This will make the process more efficient as in most cases samples will be sent directly to the location of testing.

Where you have multiple samples, please send all samples to one location and we will ensure the samples are distributed to the correct laboratories. Details of the test types and where to send the samples can be found on the diagnostic testing page. We have written to all private veterinarians who make use of our services to provide them with details of the change.

There are no changes to our post mortem or veterinary services including who reports results to practitioners.

Another way to make sample submission quicker and easier is to register for our Animal Disease Testing Service (ADTS). ADTS is an online service meaning you can submit sample data and request laboratory tests from any location, including using your smartphone.

Using ADTS instead of using the paper sample submission process means you can check if samples have arrived, check how testing is progressing and you’ll receive test results faster. You’ll also have easy access to price lists and test turn-around times.

This move to more efficient sample submission and lab testing will ultimately lead to faster disease diagnosis and will help vets support their farm clients. 

For more information contact your usual Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Published: 12 December 2017