Fresh brain (all animals) or entire head (small animals only).
The fresher the specimen, the greater the diagnostic yield.
Sealed, leak-proof, wide mouth plastic container. Samples submitted in glass containers are not acceptable and will incur an additional processing charge.
Label all samples. Ship overnight on cold packs.
This test is performed at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas. Prices listed for tests performed outside TVMDL may not include referral lab accession fees and are subject to change without notice. A processing and forwarding fee is added to all referral tests. Turnaround times vary depending on shipping time and the referral lab's schedule.
For assistance on problems or questions regarding rabies prevention, call your local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), your DSHS Public Health Regional Office, DSHS Zoonosis Control Branch (512-776-7255), or the DSHS Infectious Disease Control Unit (512-776-7455).