Types of Laboratory specimens accepted from the public

The TDSHS Laboratory normally accepts specimens only from other laboratories, health clinics, sanitarians, doctor's offices, and local health departments. However, there are two types of specimens accepted for testing  from the general public:

Rabies 
The laboratory accepts animal heads for Rabies testing, as well as bats or small rodents. We do request that bats be submitted intact. Submitters are required to notify the laboratory of the shipment of rabies specimens. Click for more information on rabies testing.

Drinking Water 
Drinking water testing is available to the general public. All other testing must be submitted through Public Health Sanitarians. Click for more information on testing.


Specimens NOT accepted from the general public:

  • Food (including seafood and milk)
  • Mosquitoes
  • Soil samples
  • Air samples
  • Most water samples
  • Human specimens (blood, urine, sputum, feces, tissue, secretions, etc)
  • Dried Filter Paper Blood Spots 
  • Cultures
Last updated November 30, 2010