Investigation: BTV animal movement

CAVE: Suspected BTV samples or samples within the scope of official BTV monitoring must be sent to the National Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue(Instutut Mödling)!

Blood tubes

Since the blood sample processing is partially automated by means of a pipetting robot, it is requested to send the blood samples in 9 ml Vacuette tubes (Greiner Bio One: serum tube order number 455092, EDTA tube order number 455036) in order to ensure rapid sample processing (no subsequent decanting into suitable tubes in the laboratory). Alternatively, blood tubes of other manufacturers can be used, the tube diameter should be 16mm and the length 100mm. For the detection of BTV antibodies (ELISA) serum tubes are required, for the detection of BTV virus (PCR) EDTA blood is absolutely required.


Price information about testing (ELISA: BTV-AK and PCR: BTV-AG) is available by mail ( or or by phone (050555-45111).

Sample submission

Sample delivery or sample drop-off via mail/courier/messenger service or Medlog between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Examination rhythm

Samples are processed daily from Monday to Friday. All samples received in the laboratory by 9:00 are processed on the day of submission. As a rule, the examination is completed within 1-2 working days.


Inquiries regarding the submission or findings can be made by telephone at 050555-45111 or by mail at In case of urgency or out of office hours: IVET LINZ cell phone: +43 664 8398178

Transmission of the examination data

In order that the examination data of the samples taken by sample takers can be electronically imported into the in-house EDP system and shown on the findings, it is requested that a csv file as well as the US application form (see Forms & Sample Dispatch) be completed and sent by e-mail to the following e-mail address: IVET Linz will provide the corresponding csv sample lists on request (see Forms & Sample Dispatch). The following information is required: Date of sampling, LFBIS number, sample number, ear tag number, date of birth (optional).

Sample cover letter

The samples must be accompanied by a completed sample accompanying letter, which can be requested from AGES Linz.

Shipping the blood tubes

In order to enable rapid processing, the samples should be submitted in appropriate boxes. For this purpose, boxes of 50, 10 or 5 samples can be requested from AGES Linz.

Loading of the transport boxes

Always set up the tubes from left to right!

Transmission of findings

Result reports (test reports) with an electronic signature are sent to the client by e-mail or fax.

When sending the report, please make sure that the fax number or e-mail address is correct!



Dr. Michael Dünser

Last updated: 10.10.2023

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