Livestock for export

Today's demanding global markets require a high level of assurance to ensure products meet strict importing requirements. This is particularly true of the live animal export trade.

NSW DPI's NSW Animal and Plant Health Laboratories (APHL) can assist your business in securing export markets by providing a range of suitable tests for export livestock and genetics. The NSW DPI Laboratories are a NATA accredited facilities providing a range of competitively priced diagnostic tests and services for exporters. These tests are backed by a team of professional staff with extensive expertise and a track record of working with overseas governments.

Our Services

Export test list

We can tailor test schedules and test packages to suit your certification needs for:

  • Equine movement tests (EIA, EVA)
  • Semen and embryo screening
  • Health test for cattle
  • Test for movement of deer, goats and other species
  • Worldwide small animal movement testing

We can test most animal types including cow, sheep, horse, goat, pig, alpaca and deer as well as companion and exotic animals for a range of diseases. To enquire about test services, contact Customer Service.

Export protocols

NSW DPI APHL do not provide export protocols, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) provides the known requirements that exporters must meet for the accepted import of animals and animal products into specific overseas countries. Protocols for live animal exports can be found on DAFF's website: Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICOR).


Free no-obligation quotes for large volume testing and discounts for preferred customers are available upon request. It is highly recommended all export submitters arrange quotations for large shipments to allow the laboratories to prepare and work within tight timeframes and quarantine dates. All requests for export quotations must be accompanied by the current testing protocol to ensure correct tests and testing dilutions are applied. To request a quote for an export shipment, please enter in your details on the Quotation request page.


The veterinary test list gives a price guide for commonly requested tests including;

  • AGID  (Agar-immunodiffusion)
  • CFT (Complimentary fixation test)
  • ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay)
  • HI (Haemagglutination Inhibition Test)
  • MAT (Microscopic Agglutination Test)
  • SAT (Standard Agglutination Test)
  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • VI (Virus Isolation)
  • VNT (Virus Neutralisation Test)

Sample submission

All samples must be accompanied by the appropriate sample submission form.  Samples accompanied by incomplete forms will encounter processing delays. For assistance completing these forms contact Customer Service.

Read our sample submission page or access the veterinary test list for more information on turnaround times and sample requirements.