The CVMDL contracted Yankee Courier Services, LLC. for picking up animals that are intended or require necropsy services. Yankee courier will travel to your clinic/hospital, farm, or home and retrieve animals that have died and are destined for necropsy and diagnosis (with the exception of adult cattle and horses, see below)
Animals must be packaged in the following manner for transport with Yankee Courier Services, LLC
For instruction and guidance on setting an appointment for the courier please call the laboratory at 860-486-3738
For transportation of adult horses please contact Connecticut Horse Cremations at 860-881-7802 or 860-881-7823.
Samples should be submitted to the CVMDL in the most timely manner possible to prevent deterioration and ensure diagnostic integrity. Overnight or next-day shipments are highly recommended when shipping specimens. The following shipping services are recommended by our laboratory: U.S. Postal Service First Class or Express Mail; Federal Express; Airborne Express; or United Parcel Service (UPS). Please note that weekend delivery is not possible due to unavailability of receiving personnel. After-hours submissions are limited to animal carcasses for necropsy.
Specimens should be sent to arrive at the CVMDL no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day before the Test Day specified in this user guide.
Samples submitted by a shipping service should be packaged following the shipping guidelines and requirements provided by the service. The U.S. Postal Service provides the following guidelines for the shipment of biological materials. The proper preparation for shipment of diagnostic specimens requires:
For samples that require cooling but not freezing, make certain cold packs are not in direct contact with samples.
Many courier services may refuse to handle any package that shows signs of internal breakage, dripping or dampness. Diagnostic specimens reasonably believed to contain an etiologic agent should be packaged to withstand leakage of contents, shocks, pressure changes, and other conditions incident to ordinary handling in transportation. As the shipper, you could be held legally responsible for improperly packaged specimens. For more information on proper packaging of diagnostic specimens, please visit the following website: