Register for the Surveillance Scheme
Vets: we can test nasopharyngeal swab and paired blood samples from suspected cases of equine influenza free of charge in our diagnostic laboratories, funded by the HBLB. Enter your details below to sign up and we will send you sampling kits, including swabs and submission forms.
Horse owners: if your vet is not registered on the scheme they can do so by registering here or by contacting the equine influenza team using the details at the top of this page. Once your vet is registered, you will benefit from free testing if your horse is suspected of having equine influenza.
Please note: to qualify for free testing, a current submission form must be completed. This will be included with your sampling kit
We are pleased to report that many more blood samples were received during 2015 than in previous years, however the majority were single acute samples.
For a successful diagnosis of influenza infection, paired samples are necessary to compare antibody titres in acute and convalescent sera.
We will therefore only be able to run the free serology test once the second sample has been received. Thank you for understanding & please continue to send your serum samples in, they can be very useful if you are called out late in the infectious cycle.