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.