Turn-Around Times and Reports

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If test results are required by a specified date (e.g. export testing) contact the laboratory to confirm test availability. Times are taken from sample arrival in the laboratory (weekday).

The turn around times listed are minimum times and are subject to laboratory operational demands.

Note: samples that are urgent in nature will be given high priority. Please call for interim reports.


Turnaround time

(working days)

Clinical Chemistry (CBC, MBA)
1 to 2 daysPepsinogen 7 days
​Fish Virology​15 to 21​ days​Long incubation times required for fish viruses
Haematology1 to 2 days 
2 to 5 days

For tissues submitted fixed.

An additional day is needed for tissues submitted fresh.

(Longer for decalcification or whole brains)

Microbiology2 to 7 daysReporting times vary depending on rate of organism growth and confirmation tests required.
Molecular Biology1-5 daysDepending on test
NecropsySame day necropsyIf delivered before 2 pm
Parasitology1 to 2 daysLarval culture – 7 to 10 days
Serology1 to 5 days

Some tests are carried out weekly or bi weekly​

Send away TestsTest dependentDependent on testing program of referral laboratory


Reporting Results

Completed results are emailed to the submitter. Practices that do not have email facilities will receive results by post.

Urgent results can be phoned through on request.


Animal Health Laboratory - Specimen Reception
(Postal) PO Box 46
(Delivery) 165 Westbury Road
Phone: 03 6777 2111
Email: specimenreception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Website: http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/AHLabs