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    09-03-2010, 09:58 AM
Is this a Coggins?

When I got my OTTB off the track, he came with a paper that says "Equine Infectious Anemia Laboratory Test" Is that the same as a Coggins test?

I ask because he will be in his first show soon and I need a negative coggins to enter. I am hoping this will suffice.

Also, down next to the box checked by the vet that says "negative", there is another box checked that says "AGID". Does anyone know what that means?
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    09-03-2010, 10:12 AM
Equine infectious Anemia (EIA) is the disease, Coggins is the last name of the guy who invented the test for it. So yes a Coggins test is how you test for EIA :). I havnt got a clue what 'AGID' means....
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    09-03-2010, 10:19 AM
AGID is the acronym for agar gel immunodiffusion test. Which is the test they use to determine whether or not your horse has EIA.

It's supposed to be negative, because if your horse tests positive, it may need to be euthanised by the vet. That's why we call them a negative Coggins.
    09-03-2010, 10:25 AM
Just make sure it is done within a year. Coggins needs to be done yearly, some states are 6 months.
    09-03-2010, 10:26 AM
Yes, it was done in March of 2010, so its still good.
    09-03-2010, 10:49 AM
It should look like this:

    09-03-2010, 10:53 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It should look like this:

Sometimes. Not all of them look like that nowadays.

I've seen different ones, depending on which style the vet prefers. Some are even in color, and have a picture of the actual horse on them.
    09-03-2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, that is what it is! Thanks so much. At least I don't have to get another one for the show.

How much do vets normally charge for a yearly coggins test?
    09-03-2010, 11:00 AM
Actually, you might need one. If the negative coggins isn't in your name, you should have one pulled.

When I got JJ he already had a negative coggins, but it was in his trainer's name. So I had one pulled the next week in mine.

They generally run about $25.00, but you will have to pay a farm call fee on top of that. Which is why I always have the vet out for something else at the same time. With JJ it was for a teeth floating and fall shots.
    09-03-2010, 11:00 AM
You know I have been showing for 15+ years. I am talking big shows too AQHA NRHA and the like. I have yet to be asked to see my horses Coggins papers.

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