The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) has expanded the Tritrichomonas foetus – Bovine (rtPCR) test offering. Clients interested in testing bovine samples for Tritrichomonas foetus can now submit direct smegma samples to the Canyon laboratory.
Direct smegma samples should be submitted in a test tube with 1.5 mL of phosphate buffered saline and chilled during transit. To ensure samples arrive in a testable condition, smegma should be submitted to TVMDL within 96 hours of collection. Clients are encouraged to view the Tritrichomonas foetus – Bovine (rtPCR) test offering on the TVMDL website for additional information regarding sample submission and testing. At this time, pooling is not available for direct smegma samples and only available for in-pouch samples. To learn more about trich testing at TVMDL, view the Testing for Trichomonas resource document.
As a reminder, all bulls tested for trich must be officially identified at the time the initial test sample is collected and the official identification must be recorded on the Texas Animal Health Commission’s (TAHC) approved test document prior to sample submission. This completed document must accompany all trich samples submitted to TVMDL for testing.
For more information on trich testing at TVMDL contact the Canyon laboratory at 1.888.646.5624 or the College Station laboratory at 1.888.646.5623.