Send a sample for testing

The Animal Health Laboratory provides diagnostic testing services for exotic and emerging diseases, export certification and health monitoring. Find out how to send us a specimen for testing.

Step 1: Check what tests we offer

The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) offers over 450 tests in bacteriology, virology, immunology and molecular diagnostic testing. We test a range of animals for diseases, including pets, livestock, aquatic animals (fish, molluscs and crustaceans), zoo animals and wildlife.

Step 2: Collect the specimen

Collect the specimen according to our guidelines.

Specimen submission guidelines [PDF, 21 KB]

Step 3: Complete the specimen form

Download and complete the specimen submission form.

Animal disease specimen submission form

Step 4: Send the sample

Pack your sample according to our specimen guidelines and send with the submission form by courier during business hours to:

MPI Specimen Reception
Animal Health Laboratory
Investigation and Diagnostic Centre
66 Ward Street
Upper Hutt 5018

The lab's business hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.


The Animal Health Laboratory is accredited to International Standard ISO/IEC 17025, and the MPI Recognised Laboratory Programme.

Our tests follow the international standards and procedures of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Australian and New Zealand standard procedures.

Who to contact

If you have questions about sending a sample or tests:

If you want to report a suspected exotic disease in animals:

  • call 0800 80 99 66
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