In-house Faecal Egg Counting
By counting the eggs produced in the animal’s faeces, we gain an indication of the number of worms inside the particular animal. By doing this procedure in our clinic we significantly reduce the turnaround time from getting the samples to reporting the results.
Faecal Egg Counting doesn’t tell us the specific worm type (ie Ostertagia (brown stomach worm) vs Haemonchus (barber’s pole). This requires the eggs to be incubated, hatched and the larvae counted under a microscope, which takes a period of 12-14 days.
Knowing the level of worms inside an animal or group of animals enables us to diagnose worms as a cause of illthrift. We learn some of the information required to assess whether they need drenching. We can assess how well a drench has worked.
To have a faecal egg count done we require at least a good teaspoon of fresh faeces per animal. These can be collected directly from the animal/s or picked up from the ground after holding a portion of the mob in a yard or corner of a paddock. But the samples must be fresh.
If you cannot get them to the clinic the same day they must be kept in the fridge overnight.
Embryo Transfer Services
VETPlus offers Deer Embryo Transfer & Artificial Insemination services with practice director John Hunter having been involved in developing & refining both these advanced breeding techniques in the species since the late 1980’s. This service is offered both nationally and internationally. For more information contact John directly.
VETPlus has a contract with the Animal Health Board (AHB) for services as District Disease Control Manager (DDCM). This is a TB disease control management contract and involves helping the AHB meet their National Pest Management Strategy target of less than 0.2 % period prevalence (annual) of TB infected herds in New Zealand by 2013. This involves investigating TB breakdowns on farms, tracing movements of stock in and out of these herds, and recommending a management plan for the control of TB in that herd. The work also involves designing and interpreting results of wild life surveys in order to prove freedom from TB (or otherwise) within the possum population in particular areas. The contract covers all of BOP, Waikato, Taranaki and the northern part of Manawatu/Wanganui (Ruapehu District) and is managed by Stuart Hutchings and Jane Sinclair.