Parasitology

The Parasitology section test specimens for diagnostic stages of parasites or other evidence of parasitic infection (e.g.: antigen and antibody tests). We can process samples of any domestic, exotic and laboratory animals, as well as wildlife.

Services provided by the Parasitology section:

  • Feces Exams: a qualitative test that determines diagnostic stages of endoparasites and includes fecal floatation, direct smear, sedimentation (flukes), and Baermann (lungworms) of any animal species
  • Quantitative tests for livestock: McMasters, Wisconsin and MiniFLOTAC for horses, cattle, small ruminants, exotic hoof stock and poultry
  • Fecal Egg Count Reduction test and Coproculture: Combination of quantitative tests (McMaster) pre and post-treatment with culturing of parasite eggs for identification of larvae to genus and species level. This can be an integral component of parasite management that can monitor anthelmintic resistance of specific important trichostrongyle parasites of ruminants and horses when performed at pre and post treatment time points
  • Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis): Microfilariae detection test (Knott), Heartworm antigen for dogs and cats, and feline antibody tests
  • Identification: We can identify internal (worms in general) and external (ticks, lice, fleas, maggots, etc) parasites of domestic and wild animals
  • Research: General assistance and sample processing for research projects that require diagnostic parasitology testing

Submission Recommendations

  • Collect samples under aseptic conditions in a sterile container.
  • Place in vials or bags with clear identification/label. Remove extra air if possible
  • Provide a history for each submission, as it can assist diagnosis
  • Fresh Feces: fecal samples can be submitted refrigerated, with ice packs – overnight or same day delivery is preferred
  • Minimum amounts required for each qualitative and quantitative tests for small ruminants are 2 grams (or more). Quantitative tests for large ruminants and horses require 4-5g
  • Serum, plasma, or whole blood: in appropriate vacutainer tubes, at least 1mL
  • Parasite specimens for identification: Specimens preserved in 70% ethanol (ideal) or 10% formalin.
  • Overnight shipping with ice packs is highly recommended. Do not freeze.
  • Further information for shipping, packaging and volume/size of sample for individual tests is available in our INTERACTIVE LAB TESTS & FEE SCHEDULE
  • Please call or email the Parasitology Lab if you have any questions regarding tests, submission requirements and to discuss results. Contact Dr. Gui Verocai, at 706-583-0959 or gverocai@uga.edu