The following rapid tests for poultry diseases are available from the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health. These cost-effective tests are the result of a Poultry CRC project undertaken at The University of Melbourne.

Diagnostic sample set up for submission form

Submission_Form for Poultry Postmortem Examination

Poultry_ Diagnostic_ PCR_Submission Form

Serology-Virology_Submission Form

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“Correct and timely diagnosis is crucial and serves as the first building block in disease management. The assistance and benefits we receive through rapid and differential diagnosis are immeasurable.”

Dr Ambrosio T. Rubite, Company Veterinarian, Baiada Poultry

“We have used your diagnostic service for poultry diseases, especially for ILT, a disease that has become a major bird health issue in Australia. The work of your laboratory was both quick and accurate and it has been of great help to Inghams for the understanding and control of ILT … On behalf of Inghams, the largest poultry meat producer in Australia, I would like to thank you and the Australian Poultry CRC for providing this service to the Australian poultry industry.”

Dr Brian Burke, Group Veterinarian, Inghams Enterprises

“The PCR-based tests developed by the CRC give the benefit of both speed and typing, without the need for expensive and time-consuming culturing, as was often required before this service was available. This typing was invaluable in stamping out an outbreak of ILT we had recently, as it allowed quick confirmation and identification of the appropriate vaccine. It also allowed us to track where the outbreak virus was moving.”

“We also use the CRC’s PCR service to diagnose IB outbreaks. We have IB viruses that are not related to the traditional and present differently in the field. We can get a diagnosis and typing by simply posting down air dried swabs in an envelope and getting a typed result within 24 hours. Their PCR has also enabled us to investigate an IBH problem and show it is a different strain and not a vaccination failure as first thought. We are continuing to investigate this problem using PCR.”

Dr Ben Wells, Poultry Veterinarian and Acting President, Australasian Veterinary Poultry Association