Laboratory fees for CWD testing

Minnesota Board of Animal Health
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

Date: November 17, 2011

 

To: Farmed Cervidae Producers
Farmed Cervidae Veterinarians
Board of Animal Health Staff

 

From: Paul Anderson
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Farmed Cervidae Program Director

 

Subject: Laboratory fees for CWD testing of farmed cervidae.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it will stop paying the laboratory fees for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing of farmed cervidae at the end of this calendar year.  This is significant because each test costs the laboratory about $25.00 per sample to perform.

To help ensure compliance with Minnesota CWD testing requirements, the Board of Animal Health will begin paying the laboratory fees for CWD testing when federal funding ends. Effective January 1, 2012, the Board of Animal Health will pay the laboratory fees for CWD testing under the following conditions:

1.  Samples must be from Minnesota farmed cervidae.
2.  Samples must be submitted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
3.  All laboratory fees will be paid by the Board for brain stem and lymph node samples that are
extracted from an animal, placed in 10% buffered formalin and properly submitted to the
laboratory.
4.  There will be an additional charge of $32.25 per sample if the entire head of an animal is
submitted to the laboratory for CWD testing.  This gross examination fee is needed to cover
laboratory costs for brain stem and lymph node removal and disposal of the head.  This amount
will not be paid by the Board and will be billed to the submitter of the sample.

For CWD testing questions, call the Board of Animal Health Cervidae Division at 651-201-6804. For laboratory submission questions, call the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at 800-605-8787. Encl: Farmed Cervidae CWD Sample Submission Form

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