Animal Disease Diagnostic Service

Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Tebag, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

Tel No. (075) 523-3928

Service Head:  Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara, Veterinarian II


About the Service

Animal Diagnostic Service is performed to diagnose animal diseases through examination of animal tissues or the animal carcass, dead or alive.

Who May Avail of the Service

                Clients of the animal Disease Diagnostic Service can be individuals, farmers, students researchers, research institutions, animal owners, victims of animal bites.

Requirements to be submitted

Diagnosis/Tests to be performed

Animal parts/specimen to submit

Rabies Examination

Whole head or brain of the animal (cat, dog, rat)


Whole body of the sick animal

Parasitic Examination

Animal’s Blood smear or Whole blood w/ anti-coagulant

Anti-microbial Sensitivity Test

Heart; lungs; liver; spleen or kidney of the animal


Feces of the animal

Schedule of Availability of the Service

                Monday to Friday:           8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Schedule of Fees

                Please refer to the attached DA Administrative Order No. 25, Series of 2003: Revision of Schedule of Fees for Diagnostic Services Mandated by the Philippine Animal Health Center, Bureau of Animal Industry.

How to Avail of the Service



Office Activity

Duration of Activity

Person in-Charge









Samples sent through courier (with proper label)

For walk-in clients:

Submit samples with the following information:

Name of Client

Date Submitted

Kinds of Samples

Location where samples were collected from

Pay the corresponding fees

Obtain results

Accept and record samples with proper documentation.

Proper storage of the samples without proper documentation

Verify the submitted sample and information indicated in the form

Processing of the specimen

Examination of  specimen:

  1. Rabies
  2. Necropsy
    1. Large Animals
    2. Small Animals
  3. Parasitic Examination
  4. For an accurate and immediate result depending on the laboratory test done
  5. To submit the same  specimen to other laboratories for obtaining confirmatory diagnosis
  6. To avail of re-examination of the specimen within a month after the first examination
  7. Clients must observe proper labeling, storage and transporting of specimen/sample.
  8. Clients must tell the truth during interview and history taking.
  9. Clients must consult physicians or veterinarians after knowing the result of examination.
  10. Must claim/receive the result of laboratory examination and must pay the examination fees.
  11. Clients should keep laboratory results for future reference.
  12. Clients must report to concerned authorities cases of zoonotic animal diseases that occurred in their farms or premises.
  13. Selection of animals or samples representative of the problem is the responsibility of the veterinarian in the field.  If the field veterinarian should ask the owner to present his own samples or animals to the laboratory, the owner should be provided with a completed submission form.
  14. Select specimens relevant to the problem under investigation.
  15. Collect materials as early in the acute stage of the infection as soon as possible.
  16. Preferably submit whole animals to the laboratory.  If total necropsy is required, submit live animals so that autolysis does not hinder diagnosis.  Pre-mortem clinicopathological tests can be taken to supplement post-mortem findings.  Dead animals should be submitted within six (6) hours following the death of the animal to prevent invasion of suspected tissue by saprophytic microorganisms.  At least 3 animals should be submitted.  In the case of chickens, 0 to 6 weeks of age, at least 6 are required.
  17. If it is not convenient to submit whole animals, submit tissue samples relevant to the problem under investigation.  Select fresh specimens.  Collect materials as aseptically as possible even if they are not for microbiological tests.  If there is any doubt about what specimens to send, consult the laboratory.
  18. Identify the sample clearly. Identify each sample on container, not on the stopper or cap.
  19. Adequate cooling of fresh material is absolutely essential.  The inclusion of ice or coolant packs in all boxes containing fresh tissues is strongly urged.  This is particularly important with specimens for microbiological tests, but is also valuable for fresh materials.  Frozen tissues are suitable for virology, chemistry, and most bacteriology but are not suitable for histopathology for parasitology.  Only if the specimens are likely to take more than 24 hours to reach the laboratory is it necessary, or desirable, to freeze the specimens and send them in state.  For fixed tissues, indicate the type of fixative.
  20. Materials sent by public transport must be properly packed.  Disposable plastic or glass containers are recommended for use whenever possible.  Avoid using plastic bags for any specimen; they often leak and are pervious to bacteria.

1. Gastro-intestinal

2. Blood

d. Anti-Microbial Sensitivity Test

Accept the payment and issuance of OR

Preparation &  completion of examination result

Release laboratory result

3 mins.

3 mins

5 mins.

2 hours (for frozen specimen)

20-25 mins

1-2 hrs

30 mins – 1 hr.

30 mins

15 mins

5 days

3 mins

4 mins

10 mins

3 mins.

Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara  

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara or

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara or

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara or

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Ms. Margarita V. Quinzon

Dr. Gilbert D. Rabara or

Dr. Ariel Balolong

Ms. Margarita V. Quinzon


Clients’ Rights:

Clients’ Responsibilities:

General Guidelines in the Collection and Submission of Specimens

Complaints and Feedback

                Customers can get the Citizen Feedback Form from the Public Assistance Desk, accomplish and forward it to the Office of the Regional Director or drop in the suggestion box at the Public Assistance Desk.

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