Worms at the Royal Welsh Show

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-377
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume181
Issue number14
Early online date06 Oct 2017
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2017
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Abstract

We have been developing the FECPAKG2 automated faecal egg counting platform (Techion Group) for horses. This tool can be used to investigate the level of anthelmintic resistance present among nematode parasite populations.

As part of our outreach strategy, we have performed faecal egg counts (FEC) on horses attending the Royal Welsh agricultural show in July 2017; one of the largest agricultural shows in Europe. Over the four days of the show we FEC tested 60 animals while collecting additional data on associated worming practices. All faecal samples were collected and prepared on site with images of the flotation preparations collected using the FECPAKG2 Micro-I (Fig 1) for analysis and eggs per gram of faeces (epg) were recorded. The FEC results were e-mailed directly to owners within hours of sample submission to permit informed and timely decision making. The levels of parasitism gathered from this data in these horses may well have surprised a few trial participants.