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Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

PARASITOLOGY

Parasitology is the study of parasites, organisms that live, grow, and feed on or in other organisms. The prevention of parasite-infested consumption of raw (or undercooked) meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, and dairy products, as well as contaminated water, is a matter of public health. The laboratory is equipped with refrigerator, microscopes, centrifuges and staining machine. The laboratory is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and is closed on weekends except for special requests. A diagnostic veterinary parasitologist and a clinical technician staff the laboratory. The parasitology laboratory provides the following services:

* Fecal flotation

* Fecal sedimentation

* Direct saline fecal smear

* Quantitative fecal examination

* Fecal culture of Strongyle and Trichostrongyle larvae

* Baermann’s test for recovering and identification of nematode larvae

* Cellophane tape preparation

* Microscopic examination of vomitus, transtracheal wash for parasites

* Quantitative examination and identification of non inhibited and inhibited stages of helminthes

* Direct microscopic examination of thin and thick blood smears for microfilariae, protozoa, and rickettsiae.

* Modified Knott’s and Filter test for microfilariae

* Immunologic Heartworm tests

* Identification of ectoparasites

* Identification of parasites in histological section and skin biopsy