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Instructions for the sending of specimens

Cadavers should be sent immediately post mortem per train or mail or brought personally. Including a comprehensive history facilitates the evaluation of pathological results. If necessary, details can be discussed per telephone prior to the tests. The examination of ruminants is not possible due to the threat of epidemic diseases unless referred by a veterinarian or the Clinics for Ruminants or Swine.

Cadavers and organs should not be frozen as freezing artefacts can greatly reduce overall assessability.

Organ samples should be fixed in 10% formalin directly following their collection and sent in a tightly closed container with a wide opening. A ratio of sample to formalin volume of at least 1:10 is recommended. Organs sent without fixing should be sent with cool packs if possible.

Should a bacteriological or virological test be necessary, unfixed sample material should be included with the fixed sample.

The examination of ruminants is only possible upon referral by a veterinarian or the Clinics for Ruminants or Swine due to the threat of epidemic diseases.

Submission of samples 

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At times other than these, samples can be left with the porter.

Contact:

Florian Schneckenleitner

Zsolt Szöke

Phone +43 1 25077-2438