Now that the end of the year is approaching, we would like to inform you about the most important changes in diagnostic services at Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), part of Wageningen UR.
On 1 January 2016, like every year, the rates will be indexed. For 2016 the indexation will be 0.2%. In addition, for a number of tests we need to adjust the rates for small numbers of samples. The costs for small numbers of samples are higher. By using a discount table, the rates for larger numbers of samples have remained virtually unchanged.
Calculations have shown that some rates did not cover our costs. We have changed these rates accordingly. For tests that we do not conduct ourselves, due to price increases and changes in exchange rates we have brought our rates into accordance with the actual costs.
The new rates will be published on 1 January 2016; see the ‘Tarievenlijst’ (in Dutch) on our website. Until that date, the prevailing 2015 rates will be listed. Samples for testing that were received by the CVI in 2015 (through 31 December) will be invoiced according to the 2015 rates.
Since 1 November 2015 CVI is performing Babesia caballi CBR and Theileria equi CBR (Piroplasmosis CBR) testing in house. For our customers, this means that the test results can be provided more than twice as fast.
Export of horses to Mexico – sealed samples
Mexico places additional requirements on the shipment of samples of horses that need to be tested for export to Mexico. The shipping method used in the Netherlands is currently sufficient to comply with these requirements. An agreement has been made with the staff of NVWA-export (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) that no additional measures are currently needed to demonstrate that the samples have arrived intact at CVI.