Collecting the right samples and selecting the most suitable tests are crucial when investigating a disease problem or assessing the health status of an animal or group.

To help you make the right choices and keep your samples in optimal condition for testing we have created a series of guides below.

Sampling guide

A quick reference to help you collect the correct samples from the correct animals to investigate a problem.

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Collection and submission advice - livestock

Information on sampling and sample requirements for livestock animals

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Collection and submission advice - companion animals

Information on sampling and sample requirements for companion animals

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Bovine abortion sampling guidelines

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Ovine abortion sampling guidelines

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Sheep scab management and treatment

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Veterinary Services test methods

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Investigation modules for veterinary surgeons

Farm Animal Services for Veterinary Surgeons: Investigation Modules to support Health Planning and diagnosis

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Royal Mail guidelines for sending samples

Guide to packaging and transportation of biological specimens by road.

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Our diagnostic testing is carried out under UKAS ISO17025 accreditation. The current schedules of accreditation (2239 and 7624) are available on the UKAS website.

For more information please see our sample and reporting policy, terms and conditions, privacy policy and quality policy.

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