Laboratory Information

Laboratory Information for Genotyping Under The Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP)

The following information is presented to inform producers on which laboratories may be used when completing genotype testing under the VSFCP. There are two groups of laboratories that complete genotype testing- one group has been CFIA approved and the other group has not been CFIA approved.

Under Pathway 2 and Pathway 3 of the VSFCP, producers are asked to take two samples from participating rams (See Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the handbook). As part of the VSFCP regulations, one sample must be sent to an approved laboratory, while the second sample can be sent to a laboratory that has not been approved.

Below is a list of both approved laboratories and non-approved laboratories.

It is of the utmost importance to send your samples to the appropriate labs to meet the requirements for Pathway 2 and 3. If you have any questions regarding which labs you are required to send your samples to, please contact the Scrapie Project Coordinator.

Probability of a sheep with that particular genotype being susceptible to scrapie:

The VSFCP covers the cost of obex testing (producers will not be invoiced) if conducted at one of the following labs:

CFIA-Approved Laboratories for Scrapie Genotyping

Animal Health Laboratory

Laboratory Services
(University of Guelph)
College of Veterinarians of Ontario
Building 49, Box 3612,
Guelph, ON, Canada, N1H 6R8
Telephone: 519-824-4120 X: 54544
Facsimile: 519-821-8072
www.ahl.uoguelph.ca

Laboratories approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for scrapie genotyping are acceptable to the CFIA Terrestrial Animal Health Division for export and flock certification testing. The current list of USDA-approved labs for scrapie genotyping can be found on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website under Approved Laboratories for Genotype Testing.

Labogena

Domaine de Vilvert
78352 Jouy-en-Josas
Cedex, France
Telephone: 01 34 65 21 21
Facsimile: 01 34 65 20 51
www.labogena.fr

Canadian Laboratories Providing Scrapie Genotyping, Not Currently CFIA-Approved

GenServe Laboratories

125-15 Innovation Blvd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Telephone: 306-933-7700;
Toll-free:1-866-420-2293
Facsimile: 306-933-5505
www.src.sk.ca

TransBIOTech

201, route Monseigneur–Bourget
Levis, Quebec, G6V 9V6
Telephone: 418–833–8876 ext.3120
Facsimile: 418–833–8867
www.tbt.qc.ca

Idexx Laboratories

1345 Denison Street
Markham, Ontario, L3R 5V2
Toll-free: 1-800-667-3411
Facsimile: 905-475-7309
www.idexx.com