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Using the diagnostic service

National surveillance network

APHA has a network of six Veterinary Investigation Centres carrying out post mortem examinations in England and Wales. The network also includes APHA's specialist avian centre at Lasswade in Scotland, a laboratory testing facility at Newcastle and a central research and diagnostic facility at Weybridge in Surrey.

APHA’s network of post mortem services also includes Royal Veterinary College, University of Surrey, the Wales Veterinary Science Centre, University of Bristol, and Scotland's SRUC, SAC Consulting Veterinary Service at St Boswells.

See the national surveillance network page to locate your nearest centre.

Diagnostic testing

Through these centres, APHA offers diagnostic testing on a variety of different sample types for livestock, equine, avian and wildlife species.

See diagnostic testing for further information.

Post mortem examinations

Through these centres, APHA offers post mortem examinations.

See further information on submitting carcases for post mortem examinations on the post mortem examination page.

Expert knowledge

Veterinary Investigation Officers are located at Veterinary Investigation Centres to provide general advice and guidance and many can also provide specialist advice.

You don't have to send in a submission to access advice on how best to investigate and diagnose disease incidents, and information from each farm is valuable for national disease surveillance.

Find out more on the surveillance expertise pages.