Sampling and post-mortem resources for veterinarians

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Sampling procedures for animal disease investigations  

The following resources have been produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to assist veterinarians in selecting and preparing samples and conducting livestock post-mortems.

Australia’s access to markets for livestock and livestock products depends on evidence from our disease surveillance systems that we are free of reportable and trade-sensitive livestock diseases. To gather this proof of freedom, DPIRD encourages and assists veterinarians to investigate cases where livestock show signs similar to reportable or trade-sensitive diseases.

Guides for sampling procedures

Anthrax sampling
ARGT sampling
Bovine anaemia due to Theileria orientalis group (BATOG) and notifiable disease exclusion
Ewe abortion endemic and exotic exclusion sampling 
Lead poisoning or exposure diagnostic sampling protocol
Liver fluke testing 
Newcastle disease sampling 
Toxic algae sampling 
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) cattle and sheep sampling 

More information

For more information or advice on conducting livestock post-mortems or sampling required for disease exclusions, contact DPIRD Diagnostic Laboratory Services - animal pathology unit.