Serum should be collected from clotted blood in a non-additive tube (e.g. plain red top or serum separator). When possible, transfer clear serum off of the clot into a new tube. Samples which are excessively hemolyzed should not be submitted.
Glass or plastic tube with no anticoagulant additives.
Label all samples with unique identifiers.
For multiple samples, number tubes consecutively using a permanent marker or adhesive label. Include a list of sample names/numbers or the Excel specimen import spreadsheet with submittal form. Place the tubes in consecutive numerical order in cardboard boxes designated for tubes.
Do not submit loose in bags. Use cold packs during hot weather, especially if shipping serum samples on the clot. Overnight shipping is recommended.
This test is performed at the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA. Prices for tests performed outside TVMDL may not include lab accession and forwarding fees and are subject to change without notice.