The primary goal of the Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) is to provide diagnostic service support to the state’s many agricultural stakeholders. This includes veterinarians, livestock producers, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
The state’s biggest industry, Idaho takes its agricultural services, including the ISDA-AHL, quite seriously. Open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, except on state holidays, this is a modern lab with full-service veterinary diagnostics. This includes both AGID and ELISA Coggins testing for equine infectious anemia, as well as numerous other equine tests. If you have additional testing in mind for your horse, search their full list of laboratory tests and fees.
To get fast and reliable test results, it’s important to follow the Animal Health Laboratory guidelines when submitting samples. You can find the lab’s general submission form. You’ll also need to submit Form VS 10-11. The lab can also order these forms for you for an additional $6 fee. The lab’s shipping guidelines include the common advice for three-layer packaging that includes vacuum-sealed tube, secondary packaging with absorbency, and a sturdy outer packaging layer. You should also:
- Isolate the submission form from the samples in a waterproof bag.
- Ship frozen samples using ice packs.
- Do not put multiple loose glass tubes in a container/bag.
- Double bag any liquid tissue of fecal matter.
Samples submitted to the AHL for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) cannot be delivered by anyone other than the referring veterinarian, official carrier/courier. They must be in sealed containers with veterinarian’s signature across the seal to maintain chain-of-custody.