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Salmonella Rapid Surveillance for
Veterinary Facilities


In The News

Accurate Salmonella test gives veterinarians quick results
Cornell Chronicle 5-Oct-2017

Faster Salmonella test boosts food safety for humans and animals
EurekAlert! (AAAS) Release: 5-Oct-2017

Salmonella Rapid Surveillance for Veterinary Facilities


Contact email: salmonella@cornell.edu

The Cornell AHDC Salmonella Spp. environmental surveillance program provides next-day results. Please contact us to register your facility for this testing program.

  • See links at left for specific sample collection instructions and other relevant information. A printable instruction sheet is also available.
  • Routine surveillance samples must be submitted (be in the lab) on Wednesdays by 3 PM. Samples should be collected Tuesday and shipped overnight, or collected Wednesday morning and hand delivered to the lab.
  • If you have an urgent clinical need for testing on a different day, we will accept samples any weekday except Friday. Please contact us if you are in need of non-Wednesday testing.
  • Samples arriving Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will be processed by routine Salmonella culture testing unless STAT arrangements are made (additional fees will apply).
  • If not shipping directly to the lab, store samples at refrigeration temperature until they are packaged for shipping as directed. Samples must not be collected more than 5 days prior to expected delivery to the laboratory.
  • A combination of enrichment culture and PCR will be performed for $30 per sample.
  • Screening results will be reported by 5pm on Thursday.
  • PCR-positive samples will be further cultured in order to determine bacterial viability and positive cultures will be serogrouped. Culture, serogroup and serotype identification of Salmonella Sp isolated will incur an additional charge of $30.00 per sample tested.
  • A preliminary Salmonella culture report for PCR positive samples will be available in 48 hours. Serogroup results will be reported within 3-5 days.
  • Antibiotic sensitivity testing is available if desired for an additional fee per isolate, and the results will be reported within 3-5 days.


Our methods are published in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation