Avian Faecal Test

• Roundworm ovae
• Trematodes
• 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 7 working days of sample receipt

Basic Avian Faecal Test (A-FT)
Parasitology and staining of avian faeces.
• Direct Wet Mounts
• McMasters Flotation
 Staining (% gram -ve bacteria, Candida, Megabacteria)
p&p included


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 as there is a proven increased sensitivity. This is the technique we use.

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 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 testing.


1 Blagburn BL, Butler JM. Optimize intestinal parasite detection with centrifugal fecal flotation. Vet Med 2006;101(7):455-464.

2 Dryden MW, Payne PA, Ridley R, et al, Comparison of common fecal flotation techniques for the recovery of parasite eggs and oocysts. Vet Ther 2005;6:15-28.

3 Dryden MW, Payne PA, Smith V. Accurate diagnosis of Giardia spp and proper fecal examination procedures. Vet Ther 2006;7:4-14.

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