How to Send Samples

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

Sending Diagnostic Samples by DX in Scotland (formerly Legal Post)

Scottish practices can register for DX in Scotland (formerly Legal Post) so that laboratory submissions can be sent to our labs by 8 a.m. the next working day, including Saturdays. There are significant cost savings plus no limit to the amount that can be submitted per package. Please note that farm animal submissions must be submitted separately to companion animal submissions.

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

For prices please contact us on 0131 535 3145.

Where to Send Samples

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

ukasIf you are a new client please use Capital Diagnostics - Edinburgh, address at the foot of this page.


We offer a fully assured and quality controlled service. The laboratory and many of the tests are accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025, an internationally recognised standard of the highest level. Where we have to refer assays we strive, where possible, to refer to another accredited laboratory.

Capital Diagnostics

Capital Diagnostics

Companion Animal Service

Address: SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik EH26 0QE

Telephone: 0131 535 3145

Fax: 0131 535 3131


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