List of Laboratories

1. Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale (IZSVe)delle Venezie (ITALY)

2. Avian Virology Laboratory, Veterinary Laboratories Agency (UK)

3. Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AUSTRALIA)

4. National Veterinary Services Laboratories (USA)


Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale (IZSVe) delle Venezie
(As of November 2005)

Important : Contact the IZSVe in order to discuss testing and testing materials before shipping. Provide the name and details of a contatc person.

Types of specimen: Specimens submitted may be virus isolates made in the submitting country or clinical specimen, such as tissues or swabs, collected from diseased birds.

Packaging requirements: All materials should be in leak-proof containers. Packaging should be composed of (1) a primary receptacle, (2) a secondary packaging and (3) a rigid outer packaging. Packaging of “diagnostic samples” should be coded UN3373 and comply with IATA PI650 standard. “Virus isolates” should be coded UN2814 for AIV and UN2900 for NDV complying with IATA PI602 standards. Contact couriers to confirm the provision of boxes complying with these requirements.

Documents to be accompanied for clearing: Import permissions from the Italian Ministry of Health (formerly provided by the IZSVe) and a signed proforma invoice (the template will be formerly provided by the IZSVe) should be attached firmly to the box.

Shipping modality: Air freight or couriers to Milan Malpensa Airport (recommended), Rome Fiumicino Airport (courier only) or Venice Marco Polo Airport (no virus isolates). Informing the IZSVe 1 week in advance is recommended. Arrange for shipments to arrive in Italian airports from Monday to Thursday only.

Shipping Address :
Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe)
Virology Department
Viale dell’Università 10, 35020 Legnaro
Padova, Italy
Phone: +39 041 8084371
Fax: +39 041 8084360

Notification of shipment: Before shipping, please provide the following information to the IZSVe contact person.

  • Embarkation date
  • Airline name and the Flight number
  • Name of the destination airport
  • Date of arrival in Italy
  • Airway bill number (the air bill should be faxed as soon as possible to: Fax + 39 049 8084360 or sent via e-mail to the contact person)
  • Contact person to whom the results should be sent (name, facsimile number, e-mail address)

Contact people at the IZSVe: To ship diagnostic samples and virus isolates:

Marta Vettore
E-mail: [email protected]

For reagents:

William Dundon
E-mail: [email protected]

Other contact persons:

Giovanni Cattoli
E-mail: [email protected]

Alessandro Cristalli
E-mail: [email protected]

Raffaella Nisi
E-mail: [email protected]


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Avian Virology Laboratory, Veterinary Laboratories
Agency, Weybridge, DEFRA

From outside the EU (As of February 2006)

Packaging requirements . All materials should be in leak-proof containers. At least two layers of packaging should be used and the inner layer treated lightly with disinfectant.

The outer packaging must be marked as follows:

and with one of the following IMPORT LICENSE NUMBERS:

For Newcastle disease: AHZ/2232/2002/5
For Avian Influenza, other viruses, avian tissue, serum, faeces and eggs: AHZ/2074C/2004/3

Shipping address:
Ruth Manvell
Avian Virology, VLA Weybridge
New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
United Kingdom

A letter should accompany the parcel with as much history about the isolates as possible, to include species and age, area/country of isolation, any clinical history, etc. If sending by AIR FREIGHT it is essential that the AIRWAY BILL NUMBER is given to VLA-Weybridge by FAX, telephone or e-mail before the arrival of the materials in order to facilitate an early delivery.

Packages sent by air freight should be clearly marked: CARE OF TRANSGLOBAL to ensure rapid processing at the airport.

Notification of shipment: Please notify the VLA-Weybridge, Avian Virology Laboratory of the shipment details and the contact person for information on the result (name, fax number, e-mail address) before dispatch.

Direct FAX: +44 (0)1932 357 856
Direct Tel: +44 (0)1932 357 736
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: If you wish to discuss a submission and options for support from the International Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease please contact

Dr. I.H.Brown
Direct Tel: +44 (0)1932 357 339
Direct FAX: +44 (0)1932 357 239
E-mail: [email protected]


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Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), CSIRO
(As of December 2010)

Type of specimens: Specimens submitted to AAHL for disease diagnosis may be either virus isolates made in the submitting country or clinical specimens, such as tissues or swabs, collected from diseased birds.

Please contact laboratory for further instructions prior to any shipment.

Import permit and packing : Copies of Australian import permits are available from AAHL by contacting [email protected]. All specimens must be packed in leak-proof containers in accordance with the appropriate IATA regulation and appropriately labelled. Copies of the import permit and other consignment details should be attached to the outside of the package to expedite clearance through Australian customs

Notification of shipment : If submitting specimens please notify the accessions clerk on [email protected], the Duty Veterinarian on [email protected] or + 61 3 5227 5000 of the consignment details so that specimens can be collected upon arrival in Australia. Alternatively send the information by facsimile to +61 3 5227 5555. Consignment details include the consignment note/air weigh bill number, courier/airline and expected arrival date. Submissions may also be logged directly on AAHL’s Web Portal at:

Shipping address :
The Director
Australian Animal Health Laboratory
5 Portarlington Road, Geelong, 3220
Telephone: +61 3 5227 5000
Facsimile: +61 3 5227 5555

Contact for Avian Influenza : You may also wish to discus the testing required with Peter Daniels ([email protected]) or Paul Selleck ([email protected]) on +61 3 5227 5000 prior to submitting the specimens.

Diagnostic Portal:

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National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL), USDA

Import permit: Packages containing diagnostic specimens or organisms (infectious materials) imported from foreign locations into the United States must be accompanied by a permit issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The importation permit, with proper packaging and labelling, will expedite clearance of the package through U.S. customs. One copy of the permit should be attached to the outside of the shipping container and a second copy placed just inside the lid of the outer shipping container. The importation permit can be obtained from the laboratory (NVSL, Ames, Iowa).

Packaging requirements: All materials should be in leak-proof containers and packaged to withstand breakage. All materials should be properly labelled.

Shipping address:
National Veterinary Services Laboratories
Diagnostic Virology Laboratory
1800 Dayton Avenue, Ames
Iowa, USA 50010

Notification of shipment: Please notify the Diagnostic Laboratory with shipping information (date of arrival, airline/courier, weigh bill number, etc.) as soon as it is available. Fax information to +1 (515) 663-7348 or telephone +1 (515) 663-7551.

Contact for Avian Influenza:
Dr. Beverly J. Schmitt
Direct Tel: +1 515/663-7532
Direct Fax: +1 515/663-7348
E-mail: [email protected]



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