New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Submission Guidelines & Forms

About COVID-19 Testing

  • About COVID-19 Testing at Penn's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

    The PennVet Diagnostic Lab will not be testing the general companion animal population for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the testing of companion animals is not recommended.

    Testing may be done by animal and public health officials if they agree that there is a link to a known human case. If you have such a case, please contact your state animal health official.

    In Pennsylvania, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 717-787-4737 and ask to speak to someone about testing an animal for SARS-CoV-2.    

Shipping - We recommend UPS, FedEx or courier delivery with tracking for all specimens. Samples submitted via the US postal service are routed through central receiving, which limits tracking and significantly delays delivery time. Damaged and/or leaking packages may be seized and not delivered.

Submission forms - Include a completed submission form for each patient and/or test request. Use laboratory-specific forms if submitting multiple test types.

Label Your Sample(s) - All specimen containers, tubes, and slides must be labelled with relevant patient and site information. 

Multiple Laboratory Submissions - Samples being submitted for multiple patients and/or to multiple laboratory sections may be shipped together. Review specimen guidelines for each laboratory/submission type.   

New clients - If you are a new client/clinic interested in using the PVDL, please find the form you need below and complete the following fields:

  • Complete contact information for your clinic
  • Full name of the submitting clinician
  • Electronic address or fax # where test results are to be delivered
  • Electronic address or fax# where account billing is to be delivered
  • Accounts are billed monthly

All laboratory addresses can be found on submission forms and on the PVDL General Submission Guidelines document.

Contact Us

All laboratory sections are located within the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
3900 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Available Tests