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Parasitology

Introduction:

The Department of Veterinary Pathology provides diagnostic parasitology service to veterinary practitioners. Our diagnostic staff includes a DVM, PhD Veterinary Parasitologist.

What services do we provide?

The parasitology laboratory offers a wide range of parasite identification.

Tests include:

  • Sugar flotation
  • Zinc sulfate flotation
  • Baermann
  • Microfilariae
  • McMaster (quantitative exam)
  • Helminths (worm) identification

How do you submit a specimen?

Place the fresh sample in a sealed container and then into a sealed plastic bag. Fecal samples must not be frozen. If either Giardia or Cryptosporidium is suspected please submit both unfixed feces and a similar quantity of formalin-fixed feces. Mix 1 part feces with 3-4 parts of 5% neutral buffered formalin in a wide-mouth container in a plastic bag with paper toweling. Print the Veterinary Parasitology Submission Form from the website and fill it out, providing complete animal identification, history, sample collection date, and test requested. Place the completed paperwork along with the specimen inside a sturdy cardboard box and include sufficient coolant (blue ice) to keep sample chilled until it is received at the laboratory. Ship by the carrier of your choice so fresh specimens will be received within 24-28 hours of collection.

For General or Submission Information:

Phyllis Fisher
Laboratory Manager
(515) 294-0956 or pgfisher@iastate.edu

For Insect or Tick Identification

Contact the Entomology Department at Iowa State University