Laboratory Testing Services Manual - Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays

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Lab Hours

Business Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(512) 776-7318
Fax (512) 776-7294

Specimen Receiving Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(512) 776-7598

  • The DSHS Austin Laboratory is located at 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756. 
  • Signs directing to the Laboratory’s Specimen Receiving area are located at the entrances to the DSHS parking area from Grover Street, North Loop, and Sunshine Drive.  
  • The Laboratory Specimen Receiving dock is located on the north side of the seven-story beige, brick Laboratory building. 
    A map of the DSHS Central Complex, showing the dock location (labeled “Lab Receiving”), is found here.  
  • After hours receipt of specimens is no longer available. All specimen packages transported by courier (FedEx, UPS, USPS, LoneStar Overnight, etc.) are accepted at the lab during regular business hours Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) only. Hand-delivered rabies specimens and environmental samples are accepted during regular business hours only. Saturday delivery of rabies specimens (before 8:00 a.m.) is available for same day testing only after rabies lab staff are first notified about the submission. All rabies submitters are required by law to notify the rabies team of a specimen submission. 
  • If you have questions concerning specimen delivery to the laboratory, please call 
    (512) 776-7598.