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Animal & Plant Health Centre (APHC) / Centre for Animal & Veterinary Sciences (CAVS)

The Animal & Plant Health Centre (APHC) / Centre for Animal & Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) has a professional team of veterinarians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, and laboratory technologists, specialising in aquatic animal health, bacteriology, pathology and virology. We provide laboratory diagnostic support for surveillance and monitoring programmes for the detection of animal diseases in Singapore. The centre also provides a wide range of veterinary diagnostic and research laboratory services to the public. It includes post-mortem examination and diagnostic tests in histopathology, cytology, parasitology, bacteriology, mycology and virology for aquatic, avian and mammalian animals. We also provide vaccine quality control tests and supply of biologics. We aim to maintain Singapore’s animal disease-free status as it facilitates international trade, protects the health of local animal populations, and safeguards human health.

Facilities

CAVS is situated in the APHC and it includes administrative offices and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories. The advanced and well-equipped facilities enable us to maintain high standards of animal health diagnostic services in Singapore.

Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (VDRL) services

The centre’s veterinary diagnostic and research laboratory (VDRL) services are sought by local and overseas farmers, private pet owners, private sector practitioners in the veterinary industry, local establishments such as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Resorts World Sentosa, and vaccine-manufacturing companies.

The centre provides the following services:

  • Diagnostic support for national surveillance programmes involving animal and zoonotic pathogens such as:
    • Rabies virus
    • “Bird flu” virus (avian influenza virus)
    • Nipah virus
    • Salmonella enteritidis
  • Investigation of production diseases in aquaculture. This includes detecting critical aquatic pathogens such as the megalocytiviruses, white spot syndrome virus, and Streptococcus iniae.
  • Diagnosis of animal diseases through laboratory testing. These include determining the antibiotic susceptibility profiles of bacterial pathogens. We also offer disease investigation and professional consultation services for animal farms.
  • Diagnostic support for the issuance of export health certificates. We conduct a variety of tests on animals. These tests include serological tests for the detection of Brucella canis, Leptospira canicola, Erhlichia canis and Equine infectious anaemia, as well as molecular tests for the detection of the Koi herpesvirus (KHV) and red sea bream iridovirus (RSIV).

For more information on the export of animals, refer to exporting dogs & cats and import, export & transshipment of other animals.

  • Quality control testing of veterinary biologics.

For information on possession and import or export of veterinary biologics, refer to Veterinary Biologics.

Types of tests/services and fees

For more details on the tests/services and fees, download the VDRL service booklet.

Tests/Services

Charges (inclusive of GST)

Contact Persons

Post-mortem examination of fish and other aquatic animals <500 g

S$126.00 per batch

Dr. Teo Xuan Hui (63165140)

E-mail: teo_xuan_hui@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Denyse Khor

(63165140)

E-mail:

densyne_khor@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Ms Amy Chan

(63165172/171)

E-mail: amy_chan@nparks.gov.sg

Post-mortem examination of fish and other aquatic animals (0.5 kg to 10 kg body weight)

S$220.50 per batch

Post-mortem examination of fish and other aquatic animals (10 – 50 kg body weight)

$220.50 per animal

Post-mortem examination of Large aquatic animals

(>50 kg bodyweight)

$294.00 per animal

Cytological examination

S$34.65 per origin of sample

Histological examination

S$36.75 per organ

Parasitological examination

S$32.60 per test

Post-mortem examination of avian and laboratory animals

S$119.70 per batch

Post-mortem examination of companion animals

S$112.35 per animal

 

Examination for specific bacteria or fungi

S$54.60 per test

Ms Wong Wai Kwan (63165179)

E-mail: wong_wai_kwan@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Brian Tan (63165179)

E-mail: brian_tan@nparks.gov.sg

Routine bacteriological or fungal examination

S$30.45 per test

Serological examination (bacterial)

up to S$53.55 per test (depending on method)

 

Purity or titration test on vaccines

S$121.80 or S$252.00 per test (depending on method)

Dr. Huangfu Taoqi (63165182)

E-mail: huang_fu_tao_qi@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Chen Jing (63165187)

E-mail:chen_jing@nparks.gov.sg

Serological examination (viral)

S$31.50 to S$78.75 per batch of 5 samples; up to S$132.50 per test (depending on method)

Sterility test for vaccines

S$74.55 per test

Virological examination

S$31.50 to $262.50 per batch of 5 samples; up to S$132.50 per test (depending on method)

 

Testing for export/export health certification*

Charges (inclusive of GST)

Contact Persons

Brucella canis serology for dogs (tube agglutination)

S$53.55 per test

Ms Wong Wai Kwan (63165179)

E-mail: wong_wai_kwan@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Brian Tan (63165179)

E-mail:brian_tan@nparks.gov.sg

Leptospira canicola serology for dogs (microscopic agglutination)

S$53.55 per test

Salmonella culture

S$54.60 per test

Taylorella equigenitalis culture for horses

S$54.60 per test

 

Babesia gibsoni serology for dogs: immunofluorescent assay;

S$120.75 per test

Dr. Teo Xuan Hui (63165140)

E-mail: teo_xuan_hui@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Denyse Khor

(63165140)

E-mail:

densyne_khor@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Ms Amy Chan

(63165172/171)

E-mail: amy_chan@nparks.gov.sg

Canine heartworm (antigen test and microfilariae concentration test)

S$35.70 for both tests

Erhlichia canis serology for dogs (immunofluorescent assay)

S$71.40 or S$88.20 per test (depending on requirement of titration)

Hookworm (faecal flotation) for cats and dogs

S$32.60 per test

Leishmania infantum and Leishmania donovani serology for dogs

$74.90 per test

Toxoplasma gondii serology (immunofluorescent assay) for cats and dogs

S$112.35 or S$186.90 per test (depending on requirement of titration)

 

Avian influenza virus (H5 or H7 subtype) serology (haemagglutination inhibition test)

S$31.50 per batch of 5 samples

Dr. Huangfu Taoqi (63165182)

E-mail: huang_fu_tao_qi@nparks.gov.sg

 

Or

 

Dr. Chen Jing (63165187)

E-mail: chen_jing@nparks.gov.sg

Avian influenza virus detection (H5 or H7 subtype)

$262.50 per batch of 5 samples or part thereof;
$31.50 for each subsequent sample

Equine infectious anaemia serology (Coggin's test)

S$31.50 per batch of 5 samples

Equine viral arteritis serology (serum neutralization test)

S$65.10 per test

Koi herpes virus detection (polymerase chain reaction)

$262.50 per batch of 5 samples or part thereof;
$31.50 for each subsequent sample

Newcastle disease virus serology (haemagglutination inhibition test)

S$31.50 per batch of 5 samples

* Please check with the relevant authority of the importing country for tests required.

Application Process & Sample Submission

Online application for our laboratory services is available at Inspection and Laboratory e-Services.

Submission forms

If you are unable to apply online, you can download, complete and submit a hard copy of the Application form for Veterinary Diagnostic & Research Laboratory Services and Annex B. Annex B is used together with the application form when submitting more than 1 sample.

Please note that samples with incomplete or illegible forms could result in delay of the turn-around time.

If you are submitting large numbers of samples, use a separate list. Please ensure that sample identities are clearly printed on the list and match the labels on the samples. Samples that are not listed could result in delay of the turn-around time.

The submission form is also available in hard copy at the APHC.

Sample submission

Due to risks to transport and laboratory personnel, please do not send specimens in:

  • Syringes, with or without needles. Needles may cause injury while samples in syringes without needles are prone to leakage.
  • Glass containers of any kind.
  • Wet ice in plastic bags. Please use sturdy insulated boxes for wet ice or cold packs instead.

Please refer to the VDRL service booklet for additional instructions and note that specimens with incorrect labels or incomplete forms could result in delay of the turn-around time.

Important: The request for and use of VDRL services considers that the submitter understands and accepts the terms and conditions stated in the VDRL service booklet and that the submitter is responsible for accurately conveying these terms and conditions to the relevant parties e.g. owner or authorized representative of the animal(s) sampled. In addition, the submitter acknowledges that these terms and conditions may be subject to change. To ensure that samples are dealt with efficiently and that test results are not adversely affected by incorrect sampling, improper packaging of samples and / or poor transport conditions, submitter is advised to read the instructions in the VDRL service booklet carefully.

Submission of animal carcasses

Animal carcasses submitted to the APHC must be accompanied by the following completed and signed documents, whichever is appropriate:

Test reports and performance standards

A test report will be issued within 10 days from the date of receipt of sample(s). In cases where results, by nature of the test method, take longer than 10 days to obtain, a preliminary report will be issued within 10 days, where appropriate.

Turn-around times for the respective tests are indicated in the VDRL service booklet.

For batch testing, test results of specimens submitted as a batch will be reported as a batch on the whole and not on individual specimens e.g. 4 out of 10 were positive. Where results of individual animals or specimens are required, e.g. Pig 1 = positive, Pig 2 = negative, etc., each specimen will incur a separate fee.

Please indicate on the submission form the preferred manner of receiving reports: by fax, mail or personal collection at APHC. If there is no indication, reports will be sent by fax only, or by mail only (if the fax number is not provided or not accessible).

For reasons of confidentiality, reports will be sent only to the party being billed for the examination, except where a notifiable disease under the Animal and Birds Act is diagnosed, in which case, the relevant authorities will be notified.

Every report sent by fax from the APHC is documented with a confirmation of successful fax transmission. 1 subsequent request for a 're-faxed' copy will be allowed free of charge. After that, each additional request for a faxed copy will be charged an administrative fee of S$9.45 (inclusive of GST).

For a claim of unsuccessful mail delivery of a report, 1 Certified True Copy can be issued free of charge. The customer is encouraged to collect this report at the APHC as any subsequent request for a copy of the report will be charged the administrative fee of S$9.45 (inclusive of GST).

Any request for amendment to the report after issuance will be charged an administrative fee of $9.45 (inclusive of GST).

Payment

Modes of payment for laboratory services include GIRO, counter payment via NETS and cashcard, and online electronic payment via credit card or Internet Banking.

All fees listed in the service booklet are subjected to change without prior notice. Customers are advised to check with us for the current applicable fees.

Applications for payment by GIRO should be made in advance to allow time for processing. Download, complete and submit the GIRO application form.

For clients not residing in Singapore, please contact us for payment arrangements.

For payment queries, please contact:

Mrs Chan Geok Hua
Tel: (65) 6316 5188
E-mail: chan_geok_hua@nparks.gov.sg 

CAVS contact details

Animal and Plant Health Centre
6 Perahu Road
Singapore 718827
Tel: (65) 63165168/(65) 63165188
Fax: (65) 63161090

 

Operating hours

Sample submission hours

Mondays - Thursdays

8 am - 5.30 pm

8 am - 5 pm

Fridays

8 am - 5 pm

8 am - 4.30 pm

New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year Eve, and Christmas Eve

8 am - 12.30 pm

8 am - 12 pm

Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays

Closed

Closed