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ADV Testing Information

Blue Cross Animal Hospital
Counterelectrophoresis (CEP) testing - uses blood
Blue Cross Animal Hospital
401 North Miller Avenue
Burley, Idaho 83318
The fee is $10 per test, regardless of how many are sent. You can put your payment, check, mo., etc., with the specimens.
Include your clinic name, address, phone and fax number as well as the name of a contact person.

Facts about Testing

The PCR test (done by the University of Georgia), will detect the presence of the virus in the fluids, but those tests are only good for the point in time when the sample is collected.

The ELISA test looks for the presence of one specific protein that is only present if the virus is active and replicating. Since ADV can go dormant for long periods of time, though, there may be times when the antibodies will be there but that one protein will not. The ferret still has ADV, and can still spread it, but you will get a negative ELISA result.

The CEP test looks for several proteins, and gives a positive result if any one of them are present. Therefore, whether the virus is active or dormant, the CEP will detect it.

Because I have provided many samples from my ferrets to the U of GA for their studies, I have learned just how deceiving ADV can be. There have been times when a ferrets urine might have the virus present, but the feces and blood from that same ferret don't.

It is important to realize: No test is 100% accurate. That is one of the reasons it is recommended that you run a test every year on your ferrets. Complete quarantine of newcomers for at least 2 weeks is always the best idea, during which time you can test your newcomer for ADV and if your other ferrets haven't been tested lately you can test them too.