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Tick Testing

Tick Testing Submission form
Three Pathogens are Commonly Transmitted by Ixodes Scapularis Ticks in the Northeastern USA:
Borrelia Burgdorferi : (Causative agent of Lyme Disease)
Borrelia Burgdorferi
Anaplasma phagoctyophilum :(Causative agent of Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Equine Granulocytic Anaplasmosis)
Babesia Microti
Babesia microti : (Causative agent of Human Babesiosis)
Each of these diseases is transmitted in the eastern United States by the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). One tick can potentially infect its host with 1, 2 or all 3 of these three pathogens simultaneously.
Tick Testing Panel Offered at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory: We are pleased to offer PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tick testing for the following pathogens: Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Babesia microti. The tests may be requested individually or as a 2-test panel or 3-test panel. All ticks submitted to CVMDL are identified morphologically by species, stage, and degree of engorgement prior to testing. Results are reported within 3-5 business days of receiving the sample.
Tick Informational Links:

See the Test & Fee Section for current pricing

Please send ticks in a ziplock bag. It is acceptable to send them dry, or kept moist with water wrapped in a piece of paper towel. Submitting the ticks in any other manner could inhibit PCR and affect test results.
Please make copies of the enclosed submission form or access additional information and forms on our website: The tick testing forms are linked under Submission Forms. Checks should be made payable to CVMDL, UCONN. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the laboratory at (860)486-3738. Thank you. New tick testing coming soon: Rickettsia rickettsii and Ehrlichia canis