USDA APHIS: New Requirement for Equine Infectious Anemia Testing by Diagnostic Laboratories
Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provided this information.
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently announced new requirements for approved veterinary diagnostic laboratories that run Equine Infectious Anemia testing. The following changes impact submitting veterinarians:
- Diagnostic laboratories can now only accept samples from federally accredited (Category II) veterinarians. Practitioners can check their accreditation status here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_areavet
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- Effective April 15, 2020, veterinarians must use federally approved forms (VS Form 10-11 dated Feb 2018 or VSPS e10-11 form) or approved systems such as GlobalVetLink.
- All fields in the form must be filled out or labeled as “N/A.” Diagnostic laboratories are authorized to reject incomplete forms and not test the sample.
- At laboratory discretion, amended forms can be utilized as they are received within 30 days of date sample taken from the horse.
- Diagnostic laboratories are required to send all non-negative test samples to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) for confirmation. This is due to the possibility of false positive results on ELISA tests. This may delay the availability of tests by up to five days.
- Additional information can be found here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth-eia
In the dropdown click “EIA Documents and References"
Info on EIA: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/equine/eia