Berrimah Veterinary laboratory

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory provides a diagnostic service and conducts research in the broad fields of veterinary pathology and veterinary virology.

The testing and research program:

  • ensures the improved health and welfare status of production animals
  • ensures market access for animals / products through compliance with appropriate Australian animal health and animal welfare standards
  • aids in maintaining freedom from emergency and exotic animal diseases
  • enhances local and national biosecurity, with maintenance of sentinel animals for early detection of incursions of exotic viral diseases
  • investigates the adoption and implementation of new diagnostic procedures.

The laboratories have expertise in polymerase chain reaction technology, as well as the traditional disciplines of a diagnostic veterinary laboratory.

Berrimah Veterinary  Laboratory is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities  (NATA) for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 in the field of Animal Health  (accreditation number 13626). Details on the scope of our accredited services are available on NATA’s website.

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory provides testing in a range of fields. These include:

  • bacteriology
  • clinical chemistry
  • clinical pathology
  • microbiology
  • parisitology
  • cytology and urinalysis
  • haematology, parasitology
  • gross pathology (necropsy) and histopathology
  • serology
  • virology and entomology
  • molecular diagnostics.

In most cases you can access laboratory services through your local veterinarian.

Diagnostic testing of production animals including agricultural livestock and aquaculture species from Northern Territory properties is provided free of charge.

There is a fee to test specimens from production animals for health monitoring or research unless advance arrangements are made with the laboratory for funding under specified projects.

Other tests that attract a fee include:

  • testing of specimens from cattle or other livestock for live cattle export
  • submissions from private veterinary practitioners from companion animals, horses, caged and aviary birds
  • wildlife.

Read the submitters handbook PDF (2.0 MB) for further information.

Follow instructions in the submitters handbook PDF (2.0 MB) to ensure you use proper procedures for submitting samples for laboratory testing.

Complete the specimen advice note PDF (536.5 KB) and submit with samples for testing or for further information contact:

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory
Phone: 08 8999 2249
Fax: 08 8999 2024

Courier address
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory
29 Makagon Road    
Berrimah NT 0828

The BVL is located at Berrimah Farm, second road on the left.

Last updated: 26 May 2021

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