Specimen should be stored refrigerated and submitted to TVMDL to be tested within 72 hours of collection. Otherwise the sample should be frozen.
Clean, airtight container with no preservative.
Ship on cold packs. Label all samples. For multiple samples, number tubes consecutively using a permanent marker. 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.
Samples must be received in the testing lab / location by 3 p.m., 1 business day before the scheduled test day, otherwise samples will be held until the next scheduled test day.