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 ADTS brochure (PDF, 1.91MB, 4 pages) and ADTS further information (PDF, 320KB, 10 pages).

Access the disease surveillance tests price list – updated 1 July 2019

Further details about our diagnostic service is 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 and captive avian import tests

Access the export test price list (ODS, 52.5KB) – updated 5 March 2021

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: +44 (0)208 4152280
Fax: +44 (0)1932 357838
Email lab.services@apha.gov.uk

APHA offers a fast track testing service for some tests. For further information, contact the general enquiry point on 0208 4152280.

There is an additional charge of £66.20 per sample per test for using the fast track service. Please indicate on the APHA submission form where this service is required.

Customers should note that a request does not guarantee the fast track service. Although we will try to meet all requirements for fast tracking of tests, this may not always be possible. You should always refer to our published turnaround times when making dependent arrangements.

Test results will be emailed, so please include the appropriate email address on the submission form.

APHA Scientific

Access the APHA Scientific tests price list – updated 1 July 2019

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, 93.5KB, 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 the diagnostic tests, contact your local APHA Veterinary Investigation Centre (VIC).

For all other enquiries contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)208 4152280
Fax: +44 (0)1932 357838
Email lab.services@apha.gov.uk

Published 20 January 2015
Last updated 15 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated the ADTS further information.

  2. Updated export and captive avian import tests price list.

  3. Updated export and captive avian import tests price list.

  4. Added information on APHA test report validity.

  5. Updated the export price list.

  6. Updated the APHA export price list. Changed format from PDF to a spreadsheet.

  7. Updated the export price list

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

  9. Updated export price list

  10. Page available in Welsh

  11. APHA Scientific test price list updated 1 July 2019

  12. Export price list updated

  13. Export price list updated

  14. Page information updated

  15. Updated test price lists 1 July 2018

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  19. Export Price List updated

  20. Changed the general enquiries telephone number

  21. Export Price List updated

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  23. Updated Export Test Price List

  24. Export test price list updated

  25. Updated price for fast-tracking testing service

  26. All price lists have been updated.

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  28. Export Price List updated

  29. Updated price for fast-tracking testing service

  30. Export Price Lists updated

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  33. Updated the rabies serological testing text

  34. Export Price List updated.

  35. Fast track service - additional cost change

  36. Price lists updated

  37. Added the rabies serological testing text

  38. Updated the Export and captive avian import tests

  39. Export and captive avian import tests document updated

  40. Updated the export and captive avian import tests list.

  41. Export Price List updated. TC0191 added.

  42. Updated the export price list

  43. Removed links to information on Herdsure

  44. Update to test price lists.

  45. Price lists updated.

  46. First published.

  47. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).