Molecular Biology

​​Transport Medium for submitting samples is available, on request, from the laboratory.
  • RNAlater ™​
  • Avian Influenza Surveillance Medium
  • Newcastle Disease Surveillance Medium

  

Submitting Procedures

Dispatch samples as soon as possible to the Animal Health Laboratory.

Note: RNA is VERY labile. Samples must be dispatched as soon as practicable (within 24 hours). 

 

Test

Sample type

Comments

​Anthrax (b)
(conventional PCR)

​Clotted blood or environmental sample
Avian Influenza / Newcastle disease (a)Tracheal and cloacal swabs in virus transport medium (VTM)VTM can be supplied by AHL
Equine Influenza  (a)Nasal swab in virus transport medium (VTM)VTM can be supplied by AHL
Tasmanian Rickettsia-like Organism (RLO)Liver, kidney, spleen in RNAlater™
RNAlater™ can be supplied by AHL
  AHL LabFact POMV TSRV RLO PCR   (196Kb) 
​Tasmanian Aquareovirus (TSRV)
​Liver, kidney, spleen in RNAlaterTM
​RNAlaterTM can be supplied by AHL.
  AHL LabFact POMV TSRV RLO PCR   (196Kb)
​Pilchard Orthomyxovirus (POMV)
​Liver, kidney, spleen in RNAlater™
​RNAlater™ can be supplied by AHL
  AHL LabFact POMV TSRV RLO PCR   (196Kb)
Ostreid Herpesvirus μ-1 (b)
Whole chilled Pacific oysters or gill and mantle in ethanolPlease contact the AHL prior to submissions
Abalone viral ganglioneuritis (b)Whole chilled abalone or samples containing ganglion in ethanolPlease contact the AHL prior to submission
Covert infection prevalence testing (Yersinia ruckeri, Tenacibaculum maritimum, Aeromonas salmonicida)Samples in enrichment brothEnrichment broth supplied by AHL with minimum 1 week notice.
Mycoplasma direct PCRMilk
Joint fluid or semen can also be submitted although the testing of these samples falls outside our current scope of accreditation.

Chytrid
(B. dendrobatidis) PCR

Dry swab of skin 

​Viral Encephalopathy and Retinopathy (b)
(Fish Nodaviruses - Betanodavirus)

​Brain


 (a) - List A notifiable diseases.

Please contact the AHL to request virus transport media prior to sampling.

 (b) - ​List B notifiable diseases (endemic to Australia). 

Please contact the AHL prior to submitting these samples.​

Contact

Animal Health Laboratory - Specimen Reception
Mt Pleasant Laboratory
(Postal) PO Box 46
KINGS MEADOWS TAS 7249
(Delivery) 165 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6777 2111
Fax: 03 6344 3085
Email: specimenreception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Website: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/AHLabs