inoculated InPouch TF or direct smegma in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or sterile staline
1-2 mL preputial washes from bulls
1-2 mL cervical washes from cows
inoculated trich pouch
1-2 mL stomach content from aborted fetus
Per the Texas Animal Health Commission's (TAHC) regulatory testing requirements, up to 5 samples may be pooled at one time if indicated on the submission form. Clients must submit individual samples and TVMDL must complete pooling.
TVMDL pools samples for $1.10 per sample, allowing the client to test five samples for the price of one. Pricing example: 5 samples submitted and pooling requested would be charged $27 testing fee + $5.50 pooling for a total of $32.50 plus accession fee.
If a pooled sample results in a positive test, TVMDL will identify the positive animal(s) by testing the individual samples in the pool at the regular price of $27.00 per test. Without the individual tests, all bulls in a positive pool are required by the State to go to slaughter.
Learn more about sending samples for molecular diagnostics testing in our online Education Library.
InPouch collection device or sealed, leak-proof plastic bag or container. Samples for direct smegma PCR should be placed in a test tube with 1.5 mL of PBS.
Label all samples. Maintain and ship InPouch TF samples overnight at ambient temperature. Protect from extreme heat and cold. Maintain direct smegma samples at refrigerator temperature. Ship overnight on cold packs. Protect from extreme heat and cold.