Information to be forwarded with specimens

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Information to be forwarded with specimens

Information on the case history should always be sent with the specimens to the laboratory. It can be wrapped in plastic to make it waterproof. The following information should be recorded:

  • Sender's name and location, telephone/fax, date of submission,
  • Owner’s name and location of the animals with telephone/fax if available,
  • Suspected disease(s),
  • List and description of specimens collected, tests required (transport medium used), date of sampling,
  • Type and numbers of animals present,
  • Species affected,
  • Date of first and subsequent cases,
  • Description of the spread in the herd or flock,
  • Number and ages of animals dead and showing clinical signs,
  • Type of clinical signs and duration,
  • Medication given to the animal,
  • Description of lesions observed in clinical and post-mortem examinations,
  • Type and standard of animal husbandry/management (including type of feed available).

Some laboratories provide their own submission form, in case the laboratory you are using does not provide such a form you can download a template of submission form that you can adapt to your own need.