Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Testing in Cervids

Because of the possibility that CWD is a zoonotic disease, the CDC and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism recommend that deer and elk be tested for this disease before human consumption. According to the CDC, there are 21 states that have reported CWD positive deer and elk. Please follow this link for CWD presence in Kansas.

Positive CWD Kansas Counties

To make testing easier, KSVDL is offering discounted CWD test kits to all hunters, veterinary practitioners, and producers. CWD test kits include sample collection instructions, containers of formalin, packaging material, a shipping container, and test submission forms.

The charge for the kit is $5.75. There will also be an $8.50 charge for shipping the kit from KSVDL. To order a kit please call KSVDL Client Care at 866-512-5650 or email at

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic lab offers the CWD test for $29.50 per animal (turnaround time is approximately 3-4 business days).

KSVDL also has several videos explaining how to collect the appropriate samples for CWD testing.

Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease

CWD Sampling for Deer Hunters