Tick testing

If you want/need a tick tested…please feel free to contact us for any additional details

Interested in research experience?

Students who would like to apply for Spring 2021 acceptance into the program please see the page about RUMS.

The application deadline is April 9, 2021.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Holly Gaff (hgaff@odu.edu) or Dr. David Gauthier (dgauthie@odu.edu).

Send us your ticks

Our lab offers pathogen testing services to people who want to have ticks tested. Please follow these instructions:

Put your tick in a small ziplock bag and freeze it for at least two hours to ensure it is dead. Put that bag in another bag and then put into some type of padded or more solid envelope.  We recommend you send the tick via UPS or FEDEX, although you can send it via the US Postal Service. Please include information on where you think you picked up the tick and a contact e-mail so we can send you the results of our testing. Please make the check out to “Old Dominion University” and write “Tick Research” on the memo line.

ODU Tick Team testing form 

ODU Tick Research Team

The Old Dominion Tick Lab is a continuation of a tick surveillance study of the Hampton Roads Area, led by Dr. Holly Gaff, Dr. Wayne Hynes, Dr. Eric Walters, and Dr. Dave Gauthier. Through their guidance and passion for research a multitude of fieldwork, labwork, and data analysis is completed daily. There are always more questions to be asked with our on-going data collection, therefore the research continues!

Our goal is increase awareness of the public and medical and veterinary professionals to ticks and tick-borne pathogens (bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause disease). By increasing awareness of these agents we hope to reduce the chances of infection. We seek information on what ticks are where and what pathogens they are carrying. This will allow us to provide important public health information on the risk of tick associated diseases, particularly in Virginia.