Please send the appropriate submission form(s) completed with your samples.
- Post-mortem examination submission form
- Please email completed form to VDS prior to submitting carcases if possible. Please also print and sign form to accompany the submitted carcase (one for each carcase if submitting more than one).
- Canine infectious disease
- Clinical Pathology
- Feline infectious disease
- Veterinary Parasitology submission form
If you have any problems downloading or printing the pdf files, please contact us telling us which form(s) you require.
Please also contact us if you wish to discuss special prices for research, bulk samples, industrial contracts, etc.
Guidelines for sample submission
- We can supply you with swabs, virus transport medium, submission forms and prepaid postage labels free of charge on request.
- To ensure sample integrity, ALWAYS label EACH sample submitted, including any slides.
All diagnostic specimens must be posted in packaging that complies with P1650 [pdf, 378k].
- Samples must be placed within a leak proof primary sealed container.
- The primary container should be wrapped with absorbent material to contain any spillages and then placed in a leak proof sealed secondary container, e.g. a plastic bag.
- If multiple primary containers are to be sent, these must be individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them.
- The samples should then be placed within a rigid outer packaging and labelled with both sender and recipient addresses.
Additional instructions for EU and overseas samples
- Packaging must comply with the standard UK rules (see above).
- Samples must be placed within a leakproof primary sealed container, not exceeding 4 litre/ 4 kg with a limit of 1 litre in the primary container for liquids.
- All inner and outer packaging must be swabbed with suitable disinfectant and packed in sealed containers before leaving your country.
- Packages must be marked for the attention of Mr Mike McDonald and sent to this address:
Veterinary Diagnostic Services
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Glasgow
If sending samples from the EU (incl. Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Isle of Man and Channel Islands):
- All packages must be clearly labelled and marked “Importation authorised as detailed in Scottish Government/APHA facilitation letters (enclosed)".
- You must print and enclose this EU import facilitation letter.
If sending samples from outside the EU:
- All packages must be clearly labelled and marked “Importation authorised by licence number TARP(S)2022/03 issued under THE TRADE IN ANIMALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2012”.
- You must print, complete and enclose this Scottish Government Import Licence (Feb 2022) and this Transit facilitation letter (Feb 2022).
Failure to do so may result in significant financial penalties and will delay the arrival of samples to Veterinary Diagnostic Services.
At present, laboratory results are validated by our veterinary advisers and then emailed to the submitting veterinary practice.