For information on how to select and collect samples before packaging or shipping, click here.
Federal regulations govern the packaging and labeling of diagnostic specimens. If, during shipment, spillage occurs that damages mail, equipment, or personnel, the shipper may face prosecution even though the material involved was not infectious or hazardous. Careful packaging is essential to prevent any leaking fluid or breakage. The outside of the container should be appropriately labeled (ie. "Perishable, Biologic Specimen", etc.).
All liquid specimens should be submitted in leak and shatter-proof containers. Formalin should containers need to have wide mouths and be double-bagged.
You can ground ship samples to the Diagnostic Laboratories at discounted rates, samples usually arrive the next day. Our contact information is here.
Highly discounted charges (based on UGA’s negotiated rate with UPS) are conveniently added to your monthly invoice. Request your shipping labels today by calling 706.542.5568 (Athens) or 229.386.3340 (Tifton).
Please remember to use ice packs and to securely prevent leaking. We also recommend that clinics write the tracking number that is provided on the shipping label you use to the top of your submission form and keep a copy of your submission form. Clinics can only track their packages with this tracking number. The Diagnostic Lab does not maintain a record of tracking numbers provided with shipping labels.
Our courier partner, City Express, will be pick up and deliver samples to the Athens Lab, Monday through Friday. The service offers full coverage to the following counties: Barrow, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Jackson, Oconee, Paulding, Rockdale and Walton as well as partial coverage of 4 other counties (Hall, Morgan, Newton and Madison--please call to confirm your location is within the coverage zone). The cost is $10 per pickup, regardless of the number of samples and includes small necropsy specimens, up to 25 pounds. Call us for more information or for more samples bags. Please call City Express to confirm that your clinic is on the courier route. Click
You can ship samples to the Diagnostic Laboratories at the post office. Please remember to use ice packs and to securely prevent leaking.