Rabies Viral FA testing is performed by the CVMDL only
when there has been NO significant human exposure.
- In cases involving human
Rabies Viral FA testing is performed by the
Connecticut State Department of Public Health Virology
Laboratory at 395 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (860)920-6662
- If a complete necropsy is required, the animal may be sent to the
CVMDL by prior arrangement. Under these circumstances rabies samples
will be collected and forwarded to the Connecticut State Department
of Public Health by courier. Rabies Viral FA testing will also be
conducted at the CVMDL. The necropsy will not be performed until the
animal is confirmed negative for rabies.
- In cases in which specimens submitted to the CVMDL for Rabies
Testing Only must be sent by courier to the State Department of
Health due to exposure status, a $25.00 shipping and handling fee
will be charged. If a complete necropsy is required, the animal may
be sent to the CVMDL by prior arrangement. Under these circumstances
the shipping and handling fee is waived. The necropsy will not be
performed until the animal is confirmed negative for Rabies virus.
- No live animals will be accepted by the laboratory.
Submission of the head only is preferred. Specimens should be
properly packaged – contained in two separately sealed heavy plastic
bags, preferably within a sealed cardboard container. Each specimen
must be accompanied by a submission form on the outside of the
- Rabies testing is performed Monday through Friday (excluding
Holidays). Specimens should arrive at the laboratory prior to
1:00p.m. for same day testing. Specimens received during evenings,
weekends, or holidays will be processed the next business day.
- Please see Test & Fees, Rabies Submission for pricing information