Sample Submission

Summer Sample Submissions

In hot weather, please follow these helpful tips when shipping diagnostic specimens to prevent overheating that may destroy or decrease the diagnostic quality of the sample.

Shipping Diagnostic Specimens in Hot Weather

The Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University (ADDL) serves the people of Indiana by diagnosing disease in livestock, poultry, companion animals, and wildlife, as well as providing blood testing of animals for federal disease programs.

Various sections of the ADDL participate in proficiency tests conducted by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory and other quality control evaluations. Because of ADDL’s nationally/internationally recognized facilities and staff, Indiana practitioners and animal producers can be assured of quality service. 

All submissions and materials derived from those submissions are property of ADDL and will not be released to either the submitter or a 3rd party without prior approval.

Please submit samples to:

Indiana ADDL at Purdue University
406 S University St
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2065


To ensure prompt service and accurate results, please follow these general guidelines when submitting cases to ADDL

  • Be sure all forms are complete and legible. Include owner’s name and address, and veterinarian’s name, address and license number. Downloadable ADDL accession forms are available at the bottom of this page
  • Incomplete submission forms or test requests not clearly indicated will result in samples being held. This likely will delay testing and the reporting of results
  • If specimens of the same organ are to be sent to two or more labs within ADDL (e.g. Virology, Bacteriology, Toxicology) they must be packaged and labeled separately (one bag for each lab requested)
  • When calling for results, refer to case by accession number. If accession number is not available, identify your owner and veterinarian exactly as written on the test chart or the diagnostic accession form
  • Please DO NOT submit materials for diagnostic procedures on the Brucellosis form (VS 4-33)
  • Case information can only be released to the veterinarian or owner specified on the submission form. For release to a third party, CF.346 Submitting Veterinarian Release Form must be completed and on file with the laboratory
  • Specimens submitted for examination may undergo additional diagnostic testing for state or federal disease surveillance programs, particularly involving foreign animal diseases
  • The veterinarian’s signature is needed on the submission form for all regulatory test (e.g. Pseudorabies, Brucellosis, etc.)
  • Fees are subject to change without notice. Please visit our Policies & Fees page for the most current information on fees and new tests
  • Cases will be subject to a $10 accession fee.  Exceptions: for EIA only, and parasitology only requests, the accession fee is waived.

Information to Include in Case History

  • Owner’s name and address
  • Species, breed, sex, age, and weight of affected animals
  • Number of animals in herd or flock
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Complete description of clinical signs
  • Time the animal was last observed prior to death and condition at that time
  • Detailed description of your necropsy findings if applicable
  • Treatment, time of treatment, and animal response
  • Detailed description of management practices

Accession Submission Forms

The following submission forms are available for download, and can be filled out using Acrobat Reader or printed:

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CF.927 Indiana ADDL Submission Form Instructions.pdf

CF.881 Aquatic Submission Form.pdf

CF.749 Avian Health Submission Form.pdf

CF.1093 Canine Genetics Submission Form - Individual

CF.1094 Canine Genetics Submission Form - Litter

CF.901 Commercial Poultry Incident Form.pdf

CF.750 Small Animal and Exotics Submission Form.pdf

CF.929 Necropsy Submission Form.pdf  

CF.751 Ruminant Submission Form.pdf

CF.752 Serology Submission Form.pdf

CF.754 Surgical Pathology/Biopsy Form.pdf

CF.900 Request for Histology Services Form.pdf - Work not requiring a report or interpretation

CF.655 Swine Herd Health Form.pdf

CF.753 Toxicology Submission Form.pdf

CF.1023 Legal Necropsy Submission Form.pdf

CF.1082 Equine Submission Form.pdf

CF.1111 HPAI in Livestock Submission Form


If the chosen Submission Form does not have enough room for the submitted samples, please fill out a Multiple Animal Continuation Form:

Multiple Animal Continuation Form

CF.755 Multiple Animal Continuation Form.xlsx

Additional Forms

CF.925 New Client Information Form.pdf

CF.346 Submitting Veterinarian Release Form.pdf

CF.902 Supply Order Form.pdf

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Forms filled out using Acrobat Reader can be saved or printed. View our diagnostic tips and tricks page for more information using prefilled submissions forms. 

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