Tests & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI when you get animal samples tested (unless it is part of an investigation into an exotic disease). Find out some of the tests we offer and how much we charge for them.


What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.
MPI will charge you for costs associated with testing your sample. You may also be charged extra fees for:

  • packaging and handling for subcontracted tests
  • transport for subcontracted tests
  • laboratory equipment
  • after hours work.

Note, not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like transport, storage, treatment or other laboratory costs.

Request a test that isn't listed

Not all our tests are listed. To find out what other tests we provide or to ask about development of a new diagnostic test email specimen.reception@mpi.govt.nz.

Aquatic disease diagnosis

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Fish histopathology $80 $92 $60 $69
Fish necropsy $85 $97.65 $85 $97.75

Bacteriology

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
General culture $145 $166.75 $120 $138
Campylobacter $145 $166.75 $120 $138
Salmonella $100 $115 $85 $97.75
Taylorella $145 $166.75 $120 $138
Mycoplasma (mammalian, avian and QC) $275 $316.25 $225 $258.75
Salmon export $80 $92 $65 $74.75
Trichomonas foetus $80 $92 $65 $74.75
Brucella $145 $166.75 $120 $138
Anthrax $570 $655.50 $570 $655.50

ELISA

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
ELISA (AujDV, P13, Myc aglac, Trichinella IBR indirect, BTV, Babort, PRRS) $60 $69 $32 $36.80
ELISA (BRSV, CanHWorm, PorcParvo, CAE, Qfever, BVDAg, EqHV, AI, APV, Babesia equi, Babesia cabali CSF, IBD, IBV, NDV, BVDAb) $80 $92 $60 $69
TSE ELISA $60 $69 $60 $69

Immunology

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Complement fixation test (CFT) $40  $46 $32  $36.80
Microscopic agglutination test (MAT) (leptospirosis) $60  $69 $32  $36.80
Serum agglutination test (SAT) $60  $69 $32  $36.80
Card agglutination test (Brucella canis) $60  $69 $55  $63.25
Immuno-fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) (Ehrlichia canis, Leishmania) $120  $138 $80  $92
Trichinella pepsin digest $180  $207 $180  $207
Rabies serology (for export) (excludes actual shipping cost) $175  $201.25 $175  $201.25
Agar gel immuno-diffusion (AGID) $45  $51.75 $30  $34.50
Influenza A+B (Lateral flow device) $80  $92 $60  $69
Toxoplasmosis latex agglutination test $60  $69 $60  $69
Reveal ruminant protein test $60  $69 $60  $69

Molecular

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Conventional PCR $215  $247.25 $135  $155.25
Real time PCR $190  $218.50 $110  $126.50
Sequence analysis (supplementary test for PCR) $375  $431.25 $375  $431.25
Nucleic acid extraction only (for subcontracted tests) $60  $69 $50  $57.50

Virology

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Virology
Virus neutralisation test (EVA, BVD, IBR, EHV, CH-1, IBD) $80  $92 $60  $69
Haemagglutination inhibition (HI) (AI, NDV, EI, EDS-76) $40  $46 $32  $36.80
Virus isolation
General virus isolation (fish, mammalian) per passage on each cell line (many samples require more than one
passage)
$65  $74.75 $65  $74.75
Virus isolation (avian) $260  $299 $260  $299
EVA virus isolation $260  $299 $260  $299
BVD virus isolation* $130  $149.50 $120  $138
IBR virus isolation* $130  $149.50 $120  $138
P13 virus isolation* $130  $149.50 $120  $138
BVD and IBR virus isolation (combined)* $195  $224.25 $180  $207
BVD, IBR and P13 virus isolation (combined)* $260  $299 $245  $281.75
IPX (pestivirus) (two pass, serum only) $115  $132.25 $75  $86.25
Virus isolation confirmatory tests
Haemadsorption (HAD), Haemagglutination (HA) $65  $74.75 $55  $63.25
Immunoperoxidase (IPX) (pestivirus, one pass) $65  $74.75 $55  $63.25
H&E stain $65  $74.75 $55  $63.25
Electron microscopy $160  $184 $160  $184

Other charges

Test type First sample Additional sample
  (excl GST) (incl GST) (excl GST) (incl GST)
Packaging and handling for subcontracted tests (excludes actual transport costs) $40  $46 $40  $46
Transport for subcontracted tests (e.g. courier) Actual cost  Actual cost Actual cost  Actual cost
Pooling of samples (per sample submitted) $7  $8.05 $7  $8.05
Swabs, transport media etc Actual cost  Actual cost Actual cost  Actual cost
After hours work $165/hr plus mileage $189.75/hr plus mileage $165/hr plus mileage $189.75/hr plus mileage

* These tests usually attract an additional charge for pooling samples.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about MPI's fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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