Monitoring animal health using sample testing

Monitoring animal health to detect and prevent the spread of diseases is important to protect and maintain the integrity of Queensland's agriculture industry.

A few significant endemic animal diseases in Queensland are managed by accreditation, control or eradication programs. Control of most other animal diseases in Queensland is the responsibility of the animal owner, with the support of their private veterinarian.

The Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory (BSL) is a veterinary diagnostic testing facility for land and aquatic animals and is located at Coopers Plains in Brisbane. The laboratory has NATA accreditation (ISO 17025) for veterinary testing (13389). Certain criteria must be followed when transporting and submitting samples to the BSL.

This guide provides information about the BSL testing facilities where animal samples are tested to detect disease, so that appropriate management and control measures are put in place to protect the agriculture industry.

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