Using brucellosis test samples to screen for other disease

Part of: Animal disease diagnostic services

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How to use brucellosis test samples taken from your herd to screen for other disease

Once all brucellosis tests are completed

AFBI can use these blood samples to screen for diseases, where instructed by the owner or the private veterinary practitioner to do so.

  1. The veterinary practice or the herd owner should contact AFBI-Veterinary Sciences Division Diagnostic Unit in advance of submitting the samples. Telephone 02890 525749. Alternatively, you can send an email to
  2. The blood sample taken by the Department will be sufficient to carry out the extra testing, providing it has a reasonable amount of blood.
  3. A Cattle Health Scheme (CHS) submission form 1 must be completed and signed by the vet and herd owner for CHS members.
    For non members, a Farm Animal Submission Form signed by the vet will be necessary.
  4. The veterinary practice should email or fax a copy of the completed submission form to the diagnostic unit (Fax 02890 525730).
  5. The submission form should accompany the samples to the Brucella laboratory. This will help lab staff identifying the samples as needing further testing.
  6. Ask the blood tester to mark the paperwork and the box as needing further testing.
  7. Care should be taken to ensure that all samples needed have been collected, as only animals over 12 months will be sampled for brucellosis testing.
  8. Samples can be used to test for BVDV, Johne’s (samples should be taken on the first day of the TB test), Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (for herds using marker vaccine, the test IBR gE marker vaccine should be requested), Leptospirosis, Neospora etc.

Once the samples have completed all the Brucella tests, they will be transferred to VSD’s Diagnostic Unit, where they will be tested as soon as possible.

Samples cannot be tested until a signed submission form has been received authorising permission for the testing to go ahead.

A report with the results will be sent to the veterinary practitioner and farmer if appropriate details are provided.