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Tick Submission

General Public Tick Submission

Ticks can be submitted directly by individuals not affiliated with Cornell using our public submission form. Individuals can submit up to 6 ticks identified on/at a single source/location for identification for a single price of $100.00. This fee includes all appropriate PCR testing.

  • Please fill out completely and print the public submission form and print a copy. Place the submission form in a separate zipper-lock bag.
  • Submission must be accompanied by payment of $100.00 for up to 6 ticks from a single source/location, via credit card. For credit card payment please print and fill out the Credit Card Authorization Form and enclose with submission form in zipper-lock bag for paperwork.
  • Submission may be in person at our receiving department (link to directions) or by courier according to the following instructions:
    • Place the bags containing the tick and the paperwork into an outer box and seal box with packing tape.
    • Print the label for UN3373 Biological Substance, Category B (do not reduce the size of the image for printing); cut out the label along the dotted line and affix to outer box with clear packing tape. Routine shippers can substitute commercially available peel-and-stick versions of this required label.
    • Ship, using the appropriate address below for US Postal Service or other courier (UPS or FEDEX):

      US Postal Service
      Animal Health Diagnostic Center
      PO Box 5786
      Ithaca, NY 14852-5786

      UPS or FEDEX
      Animal Health Diagnostic Center
      240 Farrier Rd.
      Ithaca, NY 14853