Do not bring your deceased animal(s) into ADDL through the front door! Check in with our Front Desk personnel and they will help you with receipt of your animal, and get you in contact with one of our veterinary pathologists.
If you are shipping samples to us, submit the appropriate specimen for the desired test(s). Refer to our Diagnostic Plans and/or Tests and Fees List for information concerning specimen collection and shipment.
The Ohio ADDL offers more than 400 diagnostics tests for a variety of animal species. Visit our Tests and Fees page to search for specific tests. You will also find additional information including cost of the test, which lab section performs the test, acceptable specimens, what temperature to use during shipment of the specimens, days the test is performed, and turnaround time.
We also offer Diagnostic Plans for abortion, enteric, and respiratory cases.
Submit the body of the animal, or the head of the animal, to the ADDL. Contact the ADDL Pathology Section at 614-728-6220 during business hours. ADDL Pathologists work with practitioners to review the clinical history and clinical signs, and to develop a differential diagnosis with testing options after a negative rabies test result is obtained from the Ohio Department of Health Laboratories (ODHL).
Rabies testing is included with necropsy service at the price determined by species-related fees assessed by ODHL. There are additional ADDL fees for head removal or for brain removal under some conditions; consult with ADDL staff to determine if these may pertain to a given case.
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
For questions or an emergency testing situation, call the ODHL during business hours at (614) 644-4654.
Specimen Handling and Packaging
The standard test for detecting rabies is a fluorescent antibody test on brain tissue. If the test is positive, it is assumed the saliva also contained virus and the animal was infectious for rabies. If the test is negative, rabies virus is considered not to have been in the saliva. Rabies specimens are processed Monday through Friday afternoons by the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory (ODHL), and results are read the following workday morning. Results are then phoned to the submitter.
Information obtained from ODH's Rabies Information website.
You are welcome to contact the lab when you have questions about your results, or need help interpreting the information. Give the lab a call at 614-728-6220; please have your accession number, account number, owner's name, date specimens were shipped, and test(s) requested available. To protect our client's confidentiality, we only share test results with the client on record (ie, the clinic or person paying the bill).
Refer to our Submission Guidelines for detailed instructions to ship your biological materials to us.