Sample Preparation

Preparing Your Samples for Shipping

Blood tubes

Blood tubes

Make sure all your tubes are capped. Consider taping or parafilming the tubes to ensure the caps do not work loose. For best results, for tests that do not require whole blood, centrifuge and separate your plasma/serum to a transport tube. This will greatly improve your tests results. Make sure all tubes are well marked.

Slides

Slides

Label your slides well and place them in a hard slide holder to prevent breakage.

Swabs

Label your swabs with patient information as well as the test which they are designated.

Fecal Samples

Secure the cap of the transport tube with tape or parafilm.

Histology Samples

Wrap these samples well and make sure the cap is secure to prevent leaks in transit.

Forms

Forms

Complete your form correctly with patient information, species, type of samples you are sending and the tests you want us to perform. Make sure your account number is on the submission form. Preprinted forms are available from Client Services.

Cold Paks

For the most part, cold paks can be used but are not necessarily required. If you use the cold paks, make sure to insulate your blood samples from direct contact with them. You can freeze your blood during transit. This will ruin your results! If you choose to use a cold pak, one if enough. Do not overpack your samples. You will face increased shipping charges.

Shipping Containers

Shipping Containers

Always abide by your chosen shipping service’s rules. Contact your shipper directly for their rules and shipping supplies. For the most part, you need to place the blood tubes and slides in a box in order to prevent crushing or leakage. Add an absorbent material in case they do leak. Use an overwrap as specified by your shipper. For larger containers, place them inside a cardboard box and use bubble wrap or other packing materials to safely secure them.

FedEx Forms

For the bill-back FedEx program, use preprinted billable labels or go to Fedex.com to make your own shipping label. Mark bill recipient. Preprinted forms are available from our lab. Our price schedule is for 1lb Standard Overnight packages. Packages only with origin inside the United States.