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Please Note

Cases of suspected emergency or exotic disease should be reported in the first instance to state agriculture authorities, not directly to ACDP. If you are unsure who to contact, call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.


Testing for Japanese Encephalitis

For information on testing for Japanese Encephalitis, please see our factsheet. .


Testing for SARS-CoV2 in animals

ACDP is able to test for SARS-CoV2 in animals if required. Please note that any requests for such testing must go via state animal health authorities in the first instance.


Public Holiday Test Schedules

Labour Day (Monday 11th March 2024)

TestSamples Arrive by COBResults Available by COB
Brucella canis SAT, E.Canis IFA, Hendra ELISA, Leishmania infantum IFA, Leptospira canicola MAT (No change) Wednesday, 13 March 2024 Friday, 15 March 2024
Nipah ELISA (No change) Monday, 11 March 2024 Friday, 15 March 2024
Rabies FAVN (No change) Monday, 11 March 2024 Friday, 15 March 2024
Hendra VNT and Nipah VNT - No test 8th-11th; Extra test Tuesday 10th: Samples to arrive by COB Mon 11 March Monday, 11 March 2024 Friday, 15 March 2024

Easter Holiday (29th March-1st April 2024)

TestSamples Arrive by COBResults Available by COB
Brucella Canis SAT Tuesday, 26 March 2024 Thursday, 28 March 2024
E.Canis IFA, Hendra ELISA, Leishmania infantum IFA, Leptospira canicola MAT (no change) Wednesday, 27 March 2024 Thursday, 28 March 2024
Hendra VNT and Nipah VNT - No test 29th Mar-1st Apr; Extra test Tuesday 2nd: Samples to arrive by COB Mon 1st Apr Monday, 1 April 2024 Friday, 5 April 2024
Nipah ELISA (No change) Monday, 25 March 2024 Thursday, 28 March 2024
Rabies FAVN (No change) Monday, 25 March 2024 Thursday, 28 March 2024

Anzac Day 25th April 2024

TestSamples Arrive by COBResults Available by COB
Brucella Canis SAT Monday, 22 April 2024 Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Brucella canis SAT, E.Canis IFA, Leishmania infantum IFA, Leptospira canicola MAT (No change) Wednesday, 24 April 2024 Friday, 26 April 2024
Hendra VNT and Nipah VNT (No change) Saturday, 27 April 2024 Monday, 29 April 2024
Nipah ELISA (No change) Monday, 22 April 2024 Friday, 26 April 2024
Rabies FAVN (No change) Monday, 22 April 2024 Friday, 26 April 2024
Hendra ELISA Monday, 22 April 2024 Friday, 26 April 2024

Beware altered courier schedules for public holidays! Let us know if you are planning to send a sample to arrive on a public holiday. For Victorian public holidays click here.