Online system for equine anemia tests

06:41 PM 13 Apr 2009 NZST
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New Jersey Department of Agriculture
New Jersey Department of Agriculture

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory is now connected with GlobalVetLink for online submittals of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA/Coggins) tests. Equine Infectious Anemia is a viral disease for which there is no vaccine or cure.

Most horses die from EIA, but some horses recover and become carriers. It is believed the disease is spread by any blood-sucking fly or mosquitoes.

To protect the health of other horses, the Coggins test checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in the horse's blood. The test is required to sell and move horses into and within the State of New Jersey.

With Global VetLink's system, the NJDA lab now has the ability to more efficiently turn around lab results, while adding an official electronic signature from the resulting technician. GlobalVetLink's EIA forms include three digital photos. The system is nationally recognized by all 50 states and is accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture for export as official documentation of an animal's negative EIA test results.

All transactions created in a veterinary practice will be available in real time and are automatically sent to the appropriate animal health officials. The EIA test result is integrated into the animal record for Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) documents from the GlobalVetLink system.

GlobalVetLink (GVL) has been partnering with veterinary practices and diagnostic laboratories since 1999, creating a platform to submit and return results more quickly, with less paper shuffling. GVL offers improved efficiency, faster turn-around, and markets their lab to all veterinarians subscribing to GVL throughout the United States.

For more information on how to connect with the laboratory via GlobalVetLink, call 515-296-0861 and ask for new account information. Their website is www.globalvetlink.com and the email address is info@globalvetlink.com.

If you have any questions for the NJDA Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, please call Dr. Beatriz Miguel at (609) 984-2293 or (609) 292-3965 or email her at: beatriz.miguel@ag.state.nj.us.

Lynne RICHMOND

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