Questions Regarding FAVN and FAVN Report Form
Is the FAVN Test the same as the OIE-FAVN Testing?
Yes, the OIE-FAVN (Office International des Epizooties) test is same as the FAVN test.
Is the FAVN Test the same as the RNATT?
Yes, the RNATT (Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test) is the same as the FAVN test.
Why is the FAVN test needed for my pet?
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 the pet importation requirements.
When does the 120 day countdown begin for Hawaii?
The day the sample is received at the Rabies Laboratory begins the countdown. This receive date will appear on the result label of the official FAVN report. As long as the titer result is at or above the passing level (>0.5 IU/mL) and travel is 120 days after the received date, the animal will be eligible to enter Hawaii. Please see http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info for more information.
How long should I wait after my pet has been vaccinated before drawing the sample?
We advise waiting 21 days between vaccination and taking a blood sample from your pet to allow them sufficient time to develop an antibody response. However, some countries have different requirements. For example, Sweden requires a 120 day wait period between vaccination and sample draw date. Therefore, we strongly recommend directly contacting regulatory authorities in the country of your destination.
My pet has two microchip numbers, which one should I list on my FAVN form.
If an animal has two microchips, the first number listed on the submission form is the only one that will be on the official FAVN result label. Most destinations require the microchip be implanted before the blood sample is drawn. Some destinations have scanners that only read certain brands of microchips. Choose which microchip to list first based on these and any other criteria the destination may have.
How much history of the rabies vaccination should I provide?
The Vaccination History is for recording the dates of rabies vaccinations received, beginning with the most recent one given. Please check with the destination for their specific requirements.
My sample is grossly hemolyzed (reddish) or lipemic (fatty). Will it affect the testing?
Yes it can affect the testing, and may cause the test to be invalid. To reduce the chance of hemolysis, pour off serum from the clot. To avoid lipemia, a fasting sample is recommended.
I need to make a change(s) on my FAVN Report Form before the test is finalized. What should I do?
Due to stringent regulations, personnel at the Rabies Laboratory are not permitted to add or change information on the FAVN Report Form. Before the test is finalized, the submitting clinic can contact the Rabies Laboratory for how to proceed.
After the test is finalized, no changes to the information on the form can be made by the submitting clinic, even in the case of minor clerical errors. The destination authorities can be contacted by the submitting clinic for their recommendation on how to proceed at this point. In some cases, providing supporting documentation along with a letter explaining the clerical error from the veterinarian who signed the FAVN Report Form will be acceptable. In other cases, the destination authorities will require that a new sample be submitted for testing. In order to comply with international regulations, the Rabies Laboratory will make no exceptions to this policy.
If you think the Rabies Laboratory made an error on the result label of the official FAVN report, you may contact us. Any error due to a misinterpretation of handwriting will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
My pet’s rabies titer failed (was less than 0.50 IU/mL). What should I do now?
Most rabies-free countries have extended quarantine periods for pets that don’t meet minimum requirements. Alternatively, consult your veterinarian about the possibility of an additional rabies vaccination and collecting another blood sample. It is best to wait 2-3 weeks after re-vaccination to take a blood sample so that the pet has time to develop a higher antibody response. Please carefully read and interpret the results on the report and contact us if you have questions.
Questions Regarding Specimen submission
Can I draw the sample in a serum separator tube?
Yes, the sample can be collected in a serum separator tube (gel separated, red-top tube, tiger-top tube). However, if a serum separator tube is used, it is best to pour off the serum into 5.0 mL red top tube, and send only the serum part of the sample.
How long is the serum good for?
We recommend serum storage be no more than one week in refrigeration before shipment. For longer storage you can freeze the serum at -20 °C.
Questions Regarding Specimen shipping
What kind of ice should I use to send in my samples?
A sufficient amount of pre-frozen gel packs or cold packs for the anticipated duration of transit should be placed in the package. Samples may be sent on dry ice if they must travel for an extended period before arriving to the lab. Do not freeze your sample unless necessary, as this will delay testing when it arrives.
Does the laboratory accept weekend delivery?
We are open from Monday-Friday 8am-5pm [CST]. We do not accept samples over the weekend. You can put your samples in refrigeration and send them on Monday. If it is urgent for us to receive a sample on Saturday, please contact the Rabies Laboratory (785-532-4483).
Will I receive a confirmation when the Rabies Laboratory receives my samples?
We do not send out confirmation of receiving samples at present. You may track your package yourself to confirm we have received your sample. If in doubt, you can reach us at our office phone number (785-532-4483). You may also use your microchip number to check the progress of your test at: http://www.vet.ksu.edu/depts/rabies/RabiesSearch/caseSearch.aspx
Do I need to attach any kind of bio-hazard label on my shipping package?
The FAVN sample is considered an “exempt animal specimen”, however each shipping company has their own rules, please check with them prior to sending your sample.
How much does the FAVN testing cost?
Our requirements, policies and costs are updated on our website at www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies
How long is the FAVN test valid?
The destination countries decide how long the FAVN test result is valid for, please check directly with them.
Are you an EU certified lab?
Yes, we are an EU certified lab.
I sent in my samples but I have not been billed yet for the FAVN test. Is something wrong?
The billing process can take up to 30 days after the test has been finalized to complete.
Where is the original FAVN report document?
If the destination line of the FAVN Report Form said Hawaii, Guam or any of the Caribbean Islands, the original document was sent to the destination. If the pet is traveling to another destination, the original document was sent to the submitting laboratory or clinic. Most destinations will accept a copy of the results. We are available to fax the results directly to government authorities when necessary.