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College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

tick image 4Tick Testing Submission form How do I get my tick tested?

Tick Testing Offered at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory:

We are please to offer PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tick testing for the following pathogens:


Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Babesia microti

Borrelia burgdorferi

Borrelia lonestari

Borrelia miyamotoi

Ehrlichia species

Francisella tularensis

Rickettsia rickettsii


Ticks received at the CVMDL are first examined and identified using a microscope. This process determines the species of tick, life stage, and degree of blood engorgement, all of which are factors that may impact transmission of pathogens to the person or animal (the host). Ticks may then be tested for the DNA of pathogens that are known to be transmitted by that tick species.

Results are reported within 3-5 business days of receiving the sample. Two business days RUSH testing is available for an additional fee.


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Testing Options Available

Tick Identification ONLY (Note: Tick ID is included with the PCR test selections below. $15.00 ($10.00 identification + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Lyme Disease (testing for Borrelia Burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease) PCR. (Note: if the submitted tick species has not been shown to transmit the bacteria, then only the Tick identification will be charged and reported). $55.00 ($50.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Comprehensive Diagnostic PCR panel. $85.00 - $125.00

- Test for all available pathogens for the species of tick submitted and host
- Includes Tick Identification
- Includes measurement of engorgement

Pathogens tested for in the Comprehensive panel:

Deer Tick: (Human Host)- Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia microti, Borrelia miyamotoi $125.00 ($120.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Deer Tick: (Non-Human Host)- Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia miyamotoi $105.00 ($100.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Dog Tick: Francisella tularensis, Rickettsia rickettsii, Ehrlichia species $105.00 ($100.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Lone Star Tick: Francisella tularensis, Ehrlichia species, Borrelia lonestari $125.00 ($120.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

Brown Dog Tick: Rickettsia rickettsii, Ehrlichia species $85.00 ($80.00 PCR test + $5.00 accessioning fee)

RUSH Service. Results are available in two business days if the tick is received prior to 2pm. $25.00                                


How to Submit a Tick:
Remove the tick and keep as intact as possible. Do not attempt to crush the tick.
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Place the tick in a zip-lock bag with a small piece of damp paper towel. (Submitting in anything else, like Vaseline or alcohol, may interfere with testing.)
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Make sure the bag is completely sealed and place securely in a second zip-lock bag.
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Complete the submission form (review the Do’s and Don’ts of submitting a tick on page 2 of the submission form.)
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Mail or deliver in person, place the submission form and tick in a bubble or cushioned mailer to protect the tick during transport. It is our recommendation that you use an overnight carrier such as UPS or Fedex.
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