Avian Faecal Test

VetExotics offers exotic animal faecal parasite tests for veterinary practices, specialised shops and owners. Ideally we ask for a 3 day pooled sample but we do accept a single sample as we are aware this may not be possible in some cases.

Roundworm ovae
Tapeworm (ovae and hexacanth embryos)
Protozoa - Flagellated and ciliated protozoa, coccidia
Yeast including Megabacteria and Candida sp.
Bacteria gram differential
Others: Pseudo parasites ie from live prey or insects
*Specific names will be given where possible ie Macrorhabdus melanogaster

• Click "order now" and checkout to receive your faecal pack

• Fill out form and collect sample
• Post sample - Postage and envelope provided
• Results sent via e-mail in PDF format within 5 working days of sample receipt

Basic Avian Faecal Test (A-FT)
Parasitology and staining of avian faeces.
Direct Wet Mount + Centrifugation/Flotation/Sedimentation + Staining (% gram -ve bacteria, Candida, Megabacteria)
p&p included


The tests performed are direct wet mount, flotation techniques and a modified McMaster pinworm count when applicable. Specific staining is also used for gram negative bacteria, Candida and Megabacteria. Extra tests may be performed (ie sedimentation test and staining) for data collection, in which case these shall also be reported. 

Centrifugal flotation using sodium nitrate and/or zinc sulphate is our preferred method. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends centrifugal flotation as the preferred method for routine screening of faecal samples for detection of parasite ova.

At present we are performing studies regarding parasites in the captive environment and therefore the results could be used for publication purposes. The samples and information received shall be form part of our database and will be anonymous.

We are unable to discuss treatment regimes as per the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) rules as the animals are not under our care. Footnotes shall be given and you should contact your veterinary surgeon regarding treatment. We also offer support for your veterinary surgeon if necessary. Further tests may be recommended in specific cases which may include PCR/ELISA.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)