Parasites - Faecal and Skin Lab Training (in partnership with IDEXX)

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About the course

This practical course is delivered in partnership with IDEXX. This half day session will help you understand the techniques for sample collection and in-house analysis of skin parasites and faecal parasites in dogs & cats, reptiles, equines and livestock. You will be provided with comprehensive course notes and study aids to support the practical skills learnt. We will cover the following: 

Skin Parasites:

  • Understand how to collect and prepare skin and hair samples for in-house or reference lab exam.
  • The preparation and use of a microscope
  • Revise/recognise the skin parasites commonly found on companion animals
  • Examine fixed slides of some of the parasites commonly found on companion animals

Practical Microbiology:

  • Understand how to collect and prepare faecal samples for in-house or reference lab examination
  • Carry out microbiology techniques;
    • Faecal flotation technique for worm egg identification in companion animal, andreptile samples.
    • Modified McMasters technique for worm egg counts using a counting chamber inequine and livestock samples.
  • The preparation and use of a microscope
  • Examine fixed slides of some of the faecal parasites commonly found in faeces

Please come dressed appropriately for a practical course where you will be handling faeces.

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