DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY SERVICES

The Invetus Diagnostic laboratory in Armidale provides a range of invaluable diagnostic services to graziers for effective livestock management: worm monitoring, drench resistance testing, faecal egg count reduction test, gross pathology and parasitology capability.

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WORM MONITORING

For graziers, worm monitoring is an essential part an effective worm control program. Without monitoring, graziers are guessing and can be treating animals when it is not necessary, costing time and money.

Invetus supplies worm monitoring kits which are used to perform a faecal egg count (FEC) to determine the level of infection in livestock. Kits are available from both Invetus directly, and rural merchandise stores throughout Australia. Invetus also performs larval species identification to pinpoint the types of worms that are infecting stock, and fluke egg counts if necessary. Once the testing has been completed, recommendations for treatment and further monitoring is provided by qualified Invetus staff. More detailed advice can be given on an individual property basis, on request.


DRENCH RESISTANCE TESTING

Invetus provides drench resistance testing, another essential part of an effective worm control program. A non-effective drench treatment, which kills less than 95% of the worms in stock, is an expensive exercise in both time and money.


FAECAL EGG COUNT REDUCTION TEST (FECRT) KIT

This kit is available for purchase either directly from either Invetus or rural merchandise stores and provides all the necessary drenches and equipment to conduct an on-farm test.

 FAECAL egg count reduction test kit

FAECAL egg count reduction test kit


PARASITOLOGY

The laboratory offers an extensive range of parasitology services;

  • single faecal egg counts, fluke counts and larval differentiation

  • worm monitoring for sheep cattle and horses

  • drench resistance testing (Drench Test Kit)

  • lungworm counts for sheep and cattle

  • parasite identification and total worm counts

 Liver fluke

Liver fluke


REFERRAL SERVICES

For those services Invetus cannot provide in-house, we can still provide the necessary support by forwarding to either NSW Agriculture services or private laboratories. Examples of our referral services include:

  • microbiological testing

  • histopathology

  • plant tissue testing, soil testing

  • haematology

  • DNA testing

  • and any other specialty testing request


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact Tim Elliott, Research Leader, Parasitology

Phone: +61 2 6770 3200


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