Shipment of Diagnostic Specimens

Comment on this policy

It is absolutely essential to the conduct of the professional work of veterinarians that animal tissues and other substances for diagnostic purposes be shipped by common carrier, including passenger-carrying vehicles, aircraft, buses, parcel post, etc.

Numerous instances have occurred, however, when such material was so inadequately packaged that materials arrived at destination in such a condition as to cause contamination of vehicles and their cargo and create potential public health hazards.

There is no health hazard or sanitation problem associated with laboratory specimens when they are properly packaged to prevent leakage or breaks in the containers. Proper packaging and labeling of such materials in a responsible manner will facilitate accurate diagnostics, assure continued service by common carriers, and eliminate any adverse public health or perception problems.

Veterinarians are urged to review their methods of preparing diagnostic specimens and ensure that they are in compliance with all applicable guidelines and federal and state laws.