Guidance

APHA laboratory test submissions and price lists

Guidance on the Animal and Plant Health Agency laboratory testing services and prices for animal disease diagnosis.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) provides 3 services for the laboratory testing of animal samples – for disease surveillance, for export and captive avian import tests, and through APHA Scientific.

There is a price list for each service which includes information about the tests including:

  • type of tests available
  • turnaround time
  • which animal species the test is for
  • type and quantity of sample required
  • test set-up days
  • accreditation status

For some tests, there is also more detailed scientific data provided.

To find out which service applies to you, please read the information below and use the link to the relevant price list.

Disease surveillance

Use the APHA Animal Disease Testing Service (ADTS) to submit your samples for diagnostic testing, with free postage, sample tracking and easy access to test information and results. To find out more, see the Export and ABC price list (ODS, 55.4 KB) and ADTS brochure (PDF, 1.91 MB, 4 pages).

Access the latest disease surveillance tests price list.

Further details about our diagnostic service are also available.

Prices quoted apply to tests on samples from farmed animals in England and Wales submitted by private veterinary surgeons to APHA Veterinary Investigation Centres for diagnostic purposes. Some of the tests and services in this price list are subsidised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Export, captive avian import and animal breeding control tests

Export and ABC price list (ODS, 55.4 KB) – updated 11 June 2024.

Prices quoted apply to:

  • tests on animals for export purposes
  • import of captive avians – statutory tests required under EU directives
  • tests for some artificial insemination purposes

For enquiries, contact:

Telephone: 03000 600 022
Email: lab.services@apha.gov.uk

Fast track service

APHA offers a fast track service which guarantees we will prioritise your samples. This means we will test them on the day of their arrival, or the day after, depending on delivery time and test protocol. We will report the results on the same day the test is complete.

There may be some instances where we cannot fast track a sample. We will contact you to let you know if this is the case. You should always refer to our published turnaround times when making dependent arrangements.

You can request the fast track service by ticking the ‘FAST TRACK’ box on the form LSW008: General submission form for APHA Weybridge.

You will be charged £75.30 for every sample in each test. If we are unable to deliver the fast track service, you will not be charged.

APHA Scientific

Access the latest APHA Scientific tests price list.

APHA also offers a range of tests for purposes outside those listed above. These include:

  • submissions not appropriate for England and Wales disease surveillance purposes
  • tests on samples from companion animals
  • animals outside England and Wales at the time of sampling

For further information, see the APHA Scientific website.

General terms and conditions

See our General terms and conditions (PDF, 93.5 KB, 1 page) that apply to testing where no specific contract is signed.

Submission forms

Submissions forms are available on the APHA Vet Gateway.

APHA test report validity

If you would like to confirm the validity of an APHA test report, please contact us. We would need a scan or photograph of the report in order to confirm that APHA issued it.

Contact

If you have any queries about our diagnostic tests, see further information on our diagnostic tests page or contact your relevant APHA testing centre.

For all other enquiries, contact:

Telephone: 03000 600022
Email: lab.services@apha.gov.uk

Published 20 January 2015
Last updated 11 June 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated the Export and ABC price list.

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  10. Updated the export test pricelist for 2022-2023.

  11. Uploaded the most recent version of the export price list.

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  13. Updated the general contact telephone number for diagnostic tests.

  14. Updated the contact information for 'Export, captive avian import and animal breeding control tests' and updated the information and cost for the fast track service.

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  17. Updated information on the Welsh Language page

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  34. Changed APHA Scientific section bullets from 'UK' to 'England and Wales'.

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