First opened in 1989, Phoenix Lab is one of the biggest and best-known veterinary laboratories, especially in the western United States. Like other standalone veterinary diagnostic labs, Phoenix Lab may offer horse owners independent testing on a limited basis, but they mostly serve licensed veterinarians. And as a horse owner, if you want your Coggins testing validated as part of a health certificate, it must be submitted by an authorized vet practitioner. To this point, Phoenix Lab serves more than 1,000 vet clinics in 20 states as far away as Hawaii and Pennsylvania.
In addition to a Serology Section that runs Coggins equine infectious anemia testing, Phoenix Lab offers pathology, microbiology, hematology, chemistry, RIA, urinalysis, and many other miscellaneous tests. Quality assurance is guaranteed with daily quality control evaluations, external proficiency testing, and other laboratory programs. To ensure complete laboratory testing capabilities, Phoenix also works with outside laboratory facilities for certain services including PCR testing.
Like any regulatory testing for equine infectious anemia, the submitting veterinarian must include the federal Coggins form or online equivalent to Phoenix Lab. Both types of Coggins tests are performed with turnaround times of up to 48 hours for AGID tests and same-day results for ELISA tests with STAT testing services also available. Both tests require 1 ml serum samples. You can follow the AVMA guidelines for packaging and shipping specimens, which are also available through this online resource from Phoenix Lab.