Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Virus Isolation

This test is undertaken by specialist referral laboratories and would require pre-arranging transport media and notification of the laboratory to expect it. An ELISA test is available to test for the virus either as an antigen or antibody, PCR testing for virus identification and VNT testing for serological responses to infection are also available and preferred over viral culture.

See also Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Testing Guidelines.




Swabs, fresh tissue, serum or blood


Plain (serum)

EDTA (whole blood)

Virus transport media for swabs

Tissues in sterile pots

Collection protocol:


Post mortem tissue collection

Swab of lesions

Special handling/shipping requirements:

Ship all samples chilled