Rabies lab

Important Information – Maintenance – Rabies Testing

Important Information - Maintenance – Rabies Testing

To ensure our secure laboratory and equipment are maintained to the highest standard we will be closing to enable our engineers to gain access for servicing.

This will be done in February, with a timetable as follows:

03 Feb 21 (Wed) Last tests will be set up
05 Feb 21 (Fri) Tests from 03 Feb 21 will be read and reported.

05 Feb 21 (Fri) No testing

12 Feb 21 (Fri) Normal testing resumes (Subject to engineer service sign off).
15 Feb 21 (Mon) First results will be reported.

This means that for the approximate period of seven days, no rabies results will be available. As with previous shutdowns we will clear the backlog as quickly as possible to enable your results to get back to you within our usual normal published time-scales.

Express Testing will not be available between 05 Feb 21 and 11 Feb 21 as the unit is closed and no tests can be set up, regardless of their urgency. As mentioned above normal testing will resume on Fri 12 Feb 21 subject to engineer service sign off.

If you are aware that any clients require certificates before 05 Feb 21 we would encourage you to send in samples as soon as possible. This will avoid client disappointment where we cannot put the sample on test.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information regarding the shutdown.


Avian Sexing at Biobest 2021

Avian Sexing at Biobest 2021

Biobest Laboratories are one of the leading providers of avian sexing and other avian disease molecular testing with over 20 years’ experience in this field.  We pride ourselves on delivering an unparalleled combination of scientific expertise, customer support, and fast turnaround to all our avian customers.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have had to make some minor adjustments to our test schedule, however we would like to reassure all our customers that we are still able to offer avian sexing and other avian testing services.


Taking and Sending Samples

Information on suitable sample types is available on the Avian Sexing page of our website, we urge all customers to check this before sampling.  To make sampling easier for customers, we are happy to provide avian sampling kits free of charge, please contact [email protected] to request a kit.


Current Testing Schedule

Sexing is conducted overnight on Monday and Wednesday with results available the following afternoon.  Samples need to be with us by 9AM in the morning the working day prior to the day of test (Friday for Monday test, Tuesday for Wednesday test).

Avian Chlamydia, Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) and Avian Polyomavirus testing is conducted on a Tuesday and Thursday with results being available in the afternoon.  Samples received by 09:00 on a Monday or Wednesday will be included on the following days test.



Current prices are available on the prices page of our website.


Result Interpretation

Information on interpreting results is available at the bottom of our Avian Sexing page on our website.  For customers who are still unclear about their results, please contact us for further guidance.