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How to Send Samples

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Please ensure that you use Capital Diagnostics submission forms and identify each sample.

Sample submission

To enable us to handle samples efficiently please follow the guidelines below

  • Do not send unlabelled samples
  • Do not cover tubes in sticky tape. If lids are screwed on tightly they will not leak. If there is a need to further seal tubes we recommend using electrical insulation tape.
  • Do not send hypodermic needles.
  • Sample from patients on chemotherapy drugs must be indicated on the submission form, as such samples require special handling in order to comply with health and safety regulations.
  • Results will only be provided to the submitting veterinary surgeon, unless express written permission has been given to release them to the owner or other third party.
  • Turnaround times are stated against each product. These are based on laboratory working days and are a guideline only.
  • Litigation cases require specific procedures to ensure appropriate chain of custody; please advise in advance if this is the case.
  • Ensure samples are packed according to the current regulations (see below)

UK Regulations

All diagnostic specimens must be posted and packaged in the following way:

  • Samples must be placed within a leakproof primary sealed container. This primary container should be wrapped with absorbent material to contain any spillages in case of leakage. If multiple primary containers are to be sent, these must be individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them.
  • Leakproof sealed secondary packaging into which the primary container is placed e.g. a plastic bag.
  • The samples should then be placed within a rigid outer packaging and labelled with both sender and recipient addresses and UN3373 Logo.

If sending samples by courier please state that sample is for 'routine diagnostic testing' and is 'non hazardous'.

Directory of Tests

Where to Send Samples

We have a network of 8 SRUC Veterinary Centres for Capital Diagnostics.


Capital Diagnostics

Capital Diagnostics

Companion Animal Service

Address: Capital Diagnostics, SRUC Veterinary & Analytical Services, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ

Telephone: 0131 535 3145

Fax: 0131 535 3131


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