- New Mexico Department of Agriculture - http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu -

Shipping Specimens

Drop Off Specimens

Specimens may be dropped off at the lab.  Follow this map [1] to drop specimens off.

Couriers

Our preferred method of shipping specimens to VDS is via DMC Logistics [2].  They pick up at your clinic and deliver to VDS between 7:30 and 8:00AM.  FedEx and UPS are also preferred methods, however they both arrive later in the morning.  Specimens may be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service to 1101 Camino de Salud NE Albuquerque, NM  87102, however this is not recommended due to longer transit times.

Proper specimen packaging

Shipping Carcasses

Small carcasses (e.g., dog, cat, etc.) sent for necropsy must be double bagged and packed with adequate absorbent material and ice packs. There is no refrigeration of samples en route to the lab. Do not freeze prior to submission.

Packages containing carcasses weighing up to 60 lb (including of packaging) can be sent to the lab by courier, but the carcass must be double bagged and sent in an insulated container with sufficient absorbent material and ice packs (NO WET ICE). There is no refrigeration en route to the lab. Notify courier regarding the size of the package when scheduling pickup.

When submitting carcasses please note on the submission form the method of disposal of the carcass.  This is important to ensure that the clients wishes are carried through.