Rabies Titer – FAVN Results
Current Turnaround Time: FAVN test results are normally available in 3 to 4 weeks from the date that the sample is received here at the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory. If you will be travelling in less than 3 weeks, please contact our laboratory before submitting your samples. This turnaround time is subject to change, please check for updates prior to each sample submission.
The Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization (FAVN) test measures the response of an animal’s immune system to the rabies vaccine. More specifically, it is a virus neutralization assay developed to screen animal sera by a standard method for an adequate level of rabies antibodies following vaccination. The FAVN test is required by many rabies-free countries or regions in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced quarantine period prior to entry. Some of these regions are Hawaii, Guam, Japan, St. Kitts and Nevis, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the United Kingdom. Always check with the destination authority to verify pet importation requirements.
A completed “FAVN REPORT FORM” is required for each sample submitted for the rabies blood serum test. The rabies antibody titer results are placed on an adhesive sticker on a copy of the “FAVN REPORT FORM” submitted with the sample – this is the FAVN report (issued to the submitting clinic). The original “FAVN REPORT FORM” submitted with the sample is retained on file at The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory.