Rabies Testing Location Change

Rabies specimens for public health testing may be submitted to CSU VDL using this form:
CSU VDL test request form.

CSU VDL is a fee for service laboratory. CDPHE has worked out a billing agreement while testing is being diverted. The CDPHE routine testing guidance still applies (table); CDPHE will be billed for approved test requests only. Any unapproved tests will be billed to the submitters at the current CSU VDL rate, which includes an additional charge for brain removal. The CDPHE courier will NOT be taking specimens to CSU VDL. Submitters will need to make their own transportation arrangements to get specimens to CSU VDL; FedEX, USPS, or in person delivery are best. CSU VDL offers extra services that CDPHE does not have that submitters may utilize. These additional services include weekend testing, head removal, and additional diagnostics such as distemper virus, CDPHE will not pay for these extra services.

Animal Species

Exposures

Fee Billed to

Bat, Skunk, Raccoon, Fox, Coyote

Suspected contact with human, pet or livestock (prior approval not needed)

CDPHE

Bat, Skunk, Raccoon, Fox, Coyote

No exposures identified; testing without exposure requires prior approval*

Submitter

Dog, Cats, Ferrets, Livestock

Prior approval* required from Zoonoses Program at CDPHE

CDPHE

Dog, Cats, Ferrets, Livestock

Without Prior approval*

Submitter

Rodents and Lagomorphs

Without Prior approval*

Submitter

*Contact 303-692-2700 and ask for Jennifer House (jennifer.House@state.co.us) or Lauren Butler (lauren.Butler@state.co.us) for prior approval to waive testing fee prior to submitting the specimen.