The laboratory will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Avian Influenza Virus (PCR)

Preferred Sample

Sample types vary by species. See link to collection guidance, below.




Days Tested


Turnaround Time

1-3 business days from test day


This is a NAHLN approved PCR assay. Approval to conduct surveillance testing is based upon satisfactory completion of the yearly proficiency test.


Avian | Other

Additional Instructions

To ensure inclusion in the test run, samples should arrive the day prior to test day.

Please refer to Avian Sample Collection for Influenza A and Newcastle Disease work instructions for collection information. Please call the laboratory with any questions.

During the 2022 HPAI outbreak, please contact your local/state veterinarian before submitting samples to the NDSU-VDL for avian influenza testing. Specific collection procedures must be followed.