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

Specimen Receiving

  • 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.  View a map of the DSHS Central Complex, showing the dock location (labeled “Lab Receiving”).
  • 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 specimen submission. 
  • If you have questions concerning specimen delivery to the laboratory, call 512-776-7598.

Lab Hours

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

Specimen Receiving Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday


State Auditor's Office Holiday Schedule