Rabbit calicivirus testing

Domestic rabbit owners, veterinarians, and land holders

If you suspect a rabbit may have died of calicivirus, you can request a free test kit by emailing your postal address to robyn.hall@csiro.au. This way, you can interact with us directly, particularly if you have questions about the submission process.

Please submit a fresh or frozen (not formalin-fixed) liver sample. Sampling instructions and a submission form can be downloaded by clicking on the links. Please freeze the whole rabbit or a liver sample in a ziplock bag or sterile urine jar until the test kit arrives.

Once in the preservative the liver sample is stable at room temperature and can be posted to us in the regular post. Samples without a completed submission form will not be tested. Results should be available within 1-2 weeks, pending any technical difficulties.

We prefer that wild rabbit samples are submitted via the Rabbitscan website. Click on the ‘Record potential disease’ tab of the Rabbit Biocontrol Tracker to request a sample kit. This is a simple automated process, if you prefer not to complete a submission form.

Myxomatosis testing

If you suspect a rabbit may have died of myxomatosis, you can request a free test kit by emailing your postal address to robyn.hall@csiro.au.

Please submit a fresh or frozen (not formalin-fixed) eyelid sample. Sampling instructions and a submission form can be downloaded by clicking on the links. Once in the preservative the sample is stable at room temperature and can be posted to us in the regular post. Samples without a completed submission form will not be tested. As this is not part of our routine testing, results may take up to 4 weeks.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us