How to Send Samples

All samples should be shipped standard overnight on enough ice packs to keep samples cold/frozen. It is not ideal to ship after Wednesday.  The UF Diagnostic Laboratories is not open on weekends or holidays.  If something happens during a shipment on a Thursday, the sample would sit until the following business day, making the sample unusable.

Ship samples with request forms to

UF Zoo Med Diagnostic Lab
2015 SW 16TH Ave., Rm. V2-186
Gainesville, FL  32608-1166

Please be sure to use the FedEx Standard Shipping option.

Please e-mail April Childress for questions on shipping.

General labeling and packaging advice for all samples

  • Label the sample and include the animal name/ID number, owner’s last name, and sample type/source
  • For fluid-containing samples, use a leak-proof container and place it inside of a Ziploc bag with paper towels
  • Include completed submission form(s) inside of a separate Ziploc bag (in case of fluid-containing sample leaks)
  • Send samples in a cardboard box to prevent them from being crushed during transit
  • If the sample requires an ice pack, use a Styrofoam cooler box inside of a cardboard box
  • To prevent breakage, pad samples with newspaper, bubble wrap, or other similar material