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Our experienced technicians use a selection of florescent antibody, antigen, microscopy, flotation, and sedimentation techniques to detect parasites in blood, faeces, skin and hair.


Sample Type


Turnaround Time

Angiostrongylus vasorum antigen

Serum/Plasma 200µl

Detection of Angiostrongylus vasorum antigen in canine serum or plasma.

1 working day

Faecal Parasitology

Faeces 5g

McMaster Worm egg and Coccidial oocyst count.

1 working day

Faecal Parasitology (Companion Animal and Exotics)

Faeces 5g

Examination for faecal parasites (Worm eggs, Coccidial oocysts, Giardia cyst and Lungworm larvae) using zinc sulphate flotation technique. A 3 day pooled sample is recommended.

1 working day

Fluke Egg Screen

Faeces 40g

Examination for Liver Fluke (Fasciola hepatica) and Rumen Fluke (Paramphistomum spp.) eggs using sedimentation technique. 40g is the optimal quantity of faeces. Samples of less than 10g may not be sufficient to detect eggs being shed in low numbers.

1 working day

Giardia antigen

Faeces 1g

SNAP test to detect Giardia antigen.

1 working day

Heartworm Dirofilaria immitis antigen

Serum/ Plasma 100µl

Detection of Dirofilaria immitis antigen in serum or plasma.

1 working day

Heartworm Modified Knott's Test

EDTA Blood 1ml

Examination for microfilaria (Dirofilaria immitis/repens).

1 working day

Lungworm (Baermann)

Faeces >10g

Baermann test for detection and identification of Lungworm Larvae.

2 working days

Neospora caninium

Serum 100µl

Indirect fluorescent antibody test for Neospora caninium IgG antibodies.

1-5 working days

Toxoplasma gondii

Serum 100µl

Indirect fluorescent antibody test for Toxoplasma gondii IgG and IgM antibodies.

1-5 working days

Skin Parasites

Skin scrape

Microscopy and digest as appropriate.

1-2 working days

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