Courier Service for South Louisiana

Baton Rouge and Surrounding Areas

Instructions for submitting diagnostic specimens to the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL) using the courier service.

Note: A diagnostic specimen is defined as any human or animal material including, but not limited to, excreta, blood and its components, tissue and tissue fluids collected for the purposes of diagnosis, but excluding live infected animals (defined by WHO). LADDL will only receive specimens from animal origin.

  1. Call LADDL at 225-578-9777 before 12:00 pm for FREE same day pick-up.
  2. VERY IMPORTANT: Include a completed LADDL submission form for each clinical specimen. Blank forms are available under the Forms menu, above. Ensure multiple specimens and corresponding forms are kept separated from one another.
  3. Please ensure diagnostic specimens are collected, prepared, identified and packed appropriately, with a submission form included.
    1. Types of specimens accepted: whole blood, plasma, serum, swabs (nasal, uterine, etc.), biopsies and necropsies in a jar (10% buffered formalin), small animals and birds for necropsies and cremations.
    2. When submitting blood or serum samples, it is important to provide the adequate sample volume for testing and to prevent hemolysis, spoilage, or breaking of the sample tubes.
    3. Please make sure to use the correct blood collection tube for whole blood and plasma (purple [EDTA], green [heparin] or yellow [sodium citrate] tubes), and serum (red top).
    4. Go to the Policies & Guidelines menu, above, for more detailed submission information.
  4. Syringes with needles are not acceptable.
  5. Pack specimens in leak-proof containers or bags. Please make sure glass tubes are protected from breakage during transport. It is preferable to keep the tubes upright in a rack.
  6. Please ensure there is no leakage or visible contamination outside the specimen container.
  7. All specimens must be labeled with client name (veterinarian or veterinary practice name), patient name or animal specific identification.
  8. Specimens in 10% formalin must be submitted at room temperature (15 - 30°C).
  9. Unless specified, keep all other diagnostic specimens (2 to 10°C) until pickup. The courier shall provide cooler with ice for pick-up and transport of diagnostic specimens.

Greater New Orleans Area

Instructions for Submitting Diagnostic Specimens to the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL) using the STAT Courier Service

Note: A diagnostic specimen is defined as any human or animal material including, but not limited to, excreta, blood and its components, tissue and tissue fluids collected for the purposes of diagnosis, but excluding live infected animals (defined by WHO). LADDL will only receive specimens from ANIMAL origin.

  1. Please ensure that diagnostic specimen sent to LADDL for testing and certification are appropriately collected, prepared, identified, packed, and sent along with appropriate submission form(s).
    1. Types of specimen: Whole blood, plasma, serum, swabs (nasal, uterine, etc.), biopsies and necropsies in a jar (10% buffered formalin), small animals and birds for necropsies and cremations.
    2. When submitting blood or serum samples, it is important to provide adequate sample volume for testing and to prevent hemolysis, spoilage, or breaking of the sample tubes.
    3. Please make sure to use the correct blood collection tube for whole blood and plasma (purple [EDTA], green [heparin] or yellow [sodium citrate] tubes), and serum (red top).
    4. Our website provides detailed specimen guides (under "Policies and Guidelines").
  2. Syringes with the needles are not acceptable.
  3. Pack specimens in leak-proof containers or bags. Please make sure glass tubes are protected from breakage during transport.
  4. Please ensure there is no leakage or visible contamination outside the specimen container.
  5. All specimens must be labeled with client name (veterinarian or veterinary practice name), patient name or animal specific identification.
  6. VERY IMPORTANT: Include a completed LADDL submission form for each clinical specimen (available on our website under "Forms") and ensure the specimen and its submission form are kept together and separated from other specimens (if you are submitting multiple specimens from different cases).
  7. Specimens in 10% formalin must be submitted at room temperature (15 - 30°C).
  8. Unless specified, keep all other diagnostic specimens (2 to 10°C) until pickup. The courier shall provide cooler with ice for pick-up and transport of diagnostic specimens.
  9. How to schedule a free pickup:
    1. Call LADDL at 225-578-9777 before 1:00 pm. Please make sure the specimens are ready to be picked up in a leakproof container or packaging when scheduling the pickup. Specimen types: blood, serum, plasma, swabs, biopsy specimens in 10% formalin, necropsies in a jar (10% formalin), and small animal carcasses for necropsy and  cremation.
    2. STAT Courier Service member will pick up the specimen from your clinic before end of business day.
    3. Pick up requests made by 1 pm will be delivered to us the same business day; calls after 1 pm will be picked up the following day.