TB Testing

Practical guidance for producers on testing cattle for bovine TB. Including testing areas, penalties for overdue testing and an overview of the tests available.

 


In this section:


TB Testing in cattle

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Tuberculin skin testing

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Cattle interferon-gamma (IFNγ) testing for bovine tuberculosis

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Optional Private Interferon gamma TB Testing

Cattle keepers in England can, via a private veterinarian and with prior APHA approval, submit blood samples for TB testing to an APHA laboratory at their own expense

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APHA TB Test Types and Codes (England)

Description of type of test, when and why used in England.

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Delivery Partners (England and Wales)

TB testing and other Official Veterinarian (OV) work in England and Wales is undertaken by Delivery Partners, who are responsible for allocating local vets and ensuring testing is carried out to a high standard.

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TB Testing Facilities

Information about good handling and testing facilities.

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Pre-movement Testing (England)

Guidance on pre-movement testing.

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Low Risk Area (LRA) Post-Movement Testing

Q&A on the introduction of compulsory post-movement testing in the Low Risk Area (LRA).

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Four Yearly Testing Herds: Pre-Sale Check Test (England)

A new voluntary TB test was introduced in 2016 for cattle keepers in England with herds on four yearly surveillance testing who are planning to sell all or part of their herd.

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Penalties for Overdue Testing (England)

Information about penalties for those who are late in completing their TB testing.

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Testing Areas (England, Scotland and Wales)

Guidance for livestock keepers on TB testing intervals and TB risk areas in England, Scotland and Wales.

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TB Testing in non-bovines

Information about the tuberculin skin test, gamma interferon blood test and antibody blood tests

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