Shipment of Diagnostic Specimens

It is absolutely essential to the conduct of the professional work of veterinarians that animal tissues and other substances for diagnostic purposes be able to be shipped by common carrier.

Proper packaging and labeling of such materials in a responsible manner will facilitate accurate diagnostics, assure continued service by common carriers, and minimize any adverse public health problems.

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