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Submission Guidelines

Rabies Submission Guidelines PDF Format Click Here Rabies Testing Submission Form

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 container.

  • 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
Connecticut Department of Agriculture Rabies Manual :Click Here