The U.S. Department of Agriculture Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory currently relies on live birds of specific genetic backgrounds for producing chicken-embryo fibroblasts that are used for the diagnosis and subtyping of field isolates associated with avian leukosis virus (ALV) outbreaks. As an alternative to maintaining live animals for this purpose, we are currently developing cell lines capable of achieving the same result by ablation of the entry receptors utilized by ALV strains. We used CRISPR-Cas9 on the cell fibroblast-derived cell line DF-1 to disrupt the gene, which encodes the receptor required for binding and entry of ALV-A into cells. We ultimately identified seven DF-1 clones that had biallelic and homozygous indels at the Cas9 target site, exon 2 of . When tested for their ability to host ALV-A, the five clones that had frameshift mutations that disrupted the Tva protein were unable to support ALV-A replication. This result clearly demonstrates that modified cell lines can be used as part of a battery of tests to determine ALV subtype for isolate characterization, thus eliminating the need for live birds.