The slides used to perform TVMDL’s Babesia gibsoni (IFA) are on backorder, therefore TVMDL is temporarily unable to perform this test.
Clients who suspect Babesia gibsoni in canines may consider TVMDL’s Babesia spp. (rtPCR) as an alternative. Please note that clients testing for export purposes should review the country of interest’s export requirements to confirm PCR is an accepted testing method.
If serologic testing is more appropriate, TVMDL can forward samples to Protatek Reference Laboratory in Mesa, Arizona.
TVMDL is working with the slide manufacturer and will reorder more once they become available.
Please contact the College Station laboratory at 1.888.646.5623 for more information.