Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) Testing

Type
Service
Price

$8.00

Two horses in a field

Overview

TVMDL offers two methods of detecting EIA antibodies, an agar gel immunodiffusion, AGID, method or an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA.

Contact

Dr. Terry Hensley

Assistant Director for Diagnostic Services

Address:

483 Agronomy Road
College Station, TX 77843

M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Equine Infectious Anemia, EIA, is a viral disease spread by insect bites and poor hygiene practices, contaminated needles, and other instruments. Testing is performed to determine if a horse has been exposed to the virus and has produced an antibody response. Colloquially, this type of testing is often referred to as Coggins testing, named after Dr. Leroy Coggins, a virologist who developed the test for EIA.

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, offers two methods of detecting EIA antibodies, an agar gel immunodiffusion, AGID, method or an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA. TVMDL encourages clients schedule a consultation with a veterinary diagnostician to determine the correct testing method.

About TVMDL

TVMDL tests thousands of specimens from clients across Texas, in neighboring states and around the world every business day, protecting the health of livestock, poultry, companion animals, exotic animals, racing animals and wildlife. Veterinarians, animal owners, animal industries and government agencies depend on TVMDL’s expertise for early detection and control of diseases. TVMDL also belongs to a nationwide network of laboratories that provide surge-testing, response and recovery capacity in the event of an animal disease outbreak. Over its history, TVMDL has played a critical role in recognizing and containing outbreaks of anthrax, avian influenza, chronic wasting disease, equine piroplasmosis and many other economically devastating animal diseases.

General Testing

For inquires about available tests, specimen types, test prices, or turnaround times, please refer to the <a href="https://tvmdl.tamu.edu/tests/">TVMDL test catalog</a>. Clients may search the catalog by a test’s name or test code. The test catalog may also be accessed via the TVMDL Mobile app.

Emergencies

TVMDL does not see or treat animals. If you have clinical requests or need immediate assistance with an animal emergency, please contact a veterinary clinic.

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