The only fully-accredited, full-service veterinary laboratory in the state, The Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides support for diagnosing and controlling animal disease. They help protect the public health by testing food products, identifying zoonotic diseases, and testing for regulatory diseases including equine infectious anemia (EIA). Veterinarians, livestock producers, companion animal owners, and many state and federal agencies take advantage of this lab testing and veterinary support. The lab also works closely with the Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks and the Animal Health Division and Milk & Egg Bureau. View their full schedule of tests and fees.
The cost of the Coggins testing for EIA depends somewhat on how many tests you’re ordering. Owners submitting between 1-15 samples will pay $8 for AGID and $15 for ELISA tests. Submitting 16-50 samples, you will pay $6 for AGID and $10.50 for ELISA. More than 50 samples will cost $4.75 and $9.50, respectively. Turnaround times are generally 2-4 days. However, small-to-medium-sized batches of ELISA can be done in as little as 1-2 days.
The Montana VDL offers one of the best shipping and packaging guidelines we’ve seen. You should have little trouble understanding how to ship your specimen to the lab. You can also necessary forms and kits on their website. They work with both GlobalVetLink and Veterinary Streamline Processing Service. Located on the Montana State University campus in the Marsh Laboratory facility, you should contact the lab so they will know to expect your sample submissions. Pick-up service is very limited.