Fee: 
$20.00/Animal plus $10.00 accession fee
Service: 
Necropsy
Species: 
All
Days Tested: 

M-F

Turnaround Time: 
1-2 business days
Specimen Requirements: 

Head or whole brain

Coolant: 
Frozen gel packs
Comments: 

We provide rabies testing services in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health. Please see their website for rabies case management and reporting, as well as a FAQ.

The VDL does not provide individual cremation services. Animal remains will be processed using mass chemical cremation, unless arrangements for private cremation are made by the client or the client's veterinarian. Animals testing negative for rabies may be released to a private cremation service once all test results are known. Animals testing positive for rabies or where the status cannot be determined may be released to a private cremation service after VDL decontamination procedures if they weigh 22 pounds or less.  Animals testing positive for rabies or where the status cannot be determined and are larger than 22 pounds will be group cremated at no cost to the client, but cannot be released for individual cremation due to the limitations of the VDL decontamination procedures.  

After the brain samples are collected at the VDL, staff at the Minnesota Department of Health perform the fluorescent antibody test.

Shipping Container: 

Sealed, Leakproof container

Location: 
VDL