SFCP Scrapie Testing

As part of the SFCP, producers are required to test a brain and retropharyngeal lymph node sample from all sheep or goats over 12 months of age that die or are humanely destroyed on the enrolled premises. Samples must be submitted for scrapie testing by a CFIA-approved lab.

The head (containing the brain and medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes) of the animal may be submitted directly to an approved laboratory by the producer, or the accredited veterinarian may collect brain and lymph node samples for submission to either an approved laboratory or to a CFIA district office to be sent to a CFIA laboratory (as part of the national scrapie surveillance program). The brain and lymph node samples may be collected by a trained third party under the supervision of the accredited veterinarian however, the responsibility of the sample collection and submission remains with the accredited veterinarian. In all cases, the head (or the samples) should be chilled or frozen immediately.

The owner must contact the laboratory or the accredited veterinarian must contact the CFIA district office in advance before submitting a head. The head must bear animal identification.

For accredited veterinarians interested in learning the technique for obex removal, click the following link for instructions: Appendix A (obex)

For accredited veterinarians interested in learning the techniques for lymph node sampling procedures, click the following links for instructions: Appendix B (lymph node) and Sampling

scrapies in sheep and goats canada


Alberta Agriculture & Rural Dept

Agri-Food Laboratories Branch
TSE Laboratory
6909 – 116th Street
Edmonton, AB Canada, T6H 4P2
Phone: 780-422-4830
Facsimile: 780-415-4527

Animal Health Laboratory

Laboratory Services, a division of the University of Guelph
Building 49, OVC, Box 3612,
Guelph, ON, Canada, N1H 6R8
Phone: 519-824-4120 X: 54544
Fax: 519-821-8072
www.ahl.uoguelph.ca
*This lab is CFIA approved

Prairie Diagnostic Services

52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, S7N 5B4
PHONE: 306-966-7316
www.pdsinc.ca

Laboratoire d’épidémiosurveillance animale du Québec

3220, rue Sicotte
Saint-Hyacinthe QC J2S 7X9
Phone: 450-778-6542
Fax: 450-778-6711
***Free for Quebec producers only


Producers may submit samples to the CFIA for testing, with costs covered by the national scrapie surveillance program.

The accredited veterinarian or producer may submit obex samples or entire heads to a CFIA district office to be sent to a CFIA laboratory (as part of the national scrapie surveillance program). In all cases, the head (or the sample) should be chilled or frozen immediately. The owner must contact the laboratory or the accredited veterinarian must contact the CFIA district office in advance before submitting a head through the CFIA district office. The head must bear animal identification matching that used in inventory reporting.

Have a question or comment?

Scrapie Canada's Project Partners

Canadian Sheep Federation

cansheep.ca

Canadian Sheep Breeder’s Association

sheepbreeders.ca

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

agr.gc.ca

Canadian National Goat Federation

cangoats.ca

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

inspection.gc.ca