For the testing of Tuberculosis (TB) in deer
Samples should be booked in by phone or email prior to sending. Booked-in samples will be given priority.
Tel: 64 3 489 4832
Tests cost $30+GST each. An admin fee of $30+GST per submission will apply.
Samples must be obtained as per the Deer TB Tester Guidelines. One red or green top tube must be used for each specimen from each animal. The tube must be labeled clearly identifying animal the sample has come from, displaying either the reactor tag, primary tag, secondary tag or other (in order of preference).
Please ensure that your samples are accompanied by a completed laboratory booking form (PDF 168 KB).
Please read our terms and conditions prior to sending your samples.
All samples are subject to standard and modified interpretations with the applicable type being decided by the Area TB Manager (ATM).
Any deer testing questions should be directed to TBfree on 0800 4 TB INFO (0800 4 824 636).
ETB results will be reported by TBfree. The tester must not contact DRL seeking results.
Chinn N., Rodgers C.R., Liggett S., Spittle E., Griffin J.F.T.:An alternative lgG1 ELISA test for Tb diagnosis in deer
Proceedings of the Deer Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Annual Conference 2002 - Volume 19, pp 77-80, Jan 2002.
Griffin J.F.T., Chinn N., McKenzie J.S., Liggett S., Rodgers C.R.:Advances in Tb diagnosis and prevention - lessons gained from the New Zealand deer industry Proceedings of the Deer Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Annual Conference 2000 - Volume 17, pp 203-207, Jan 2000.