Parasitology

Faecal worm egg counts

Faecal worm egg counts (F.E.C’s) are performed on faeces samples of large & companion animals to detect the presence and provide an estimate of the adult worm burden in an individual or small group of animals.
Animals shedding relatively large numbers of worm eggs in their faeces are at risk of loss of condition and illness and pose a threat to other animals grazing the same pasture.
Also, F.E.Cs can be performed as part of a Faecal Egg Reduction Test (F.E.C.R.T) to detect the efficacy of, or resistance to, the anthelmintic in use.
In general, faecal worm egg counts help vets and owners maintain their livestock in good health, provide financial benefits by avoiding unnecessary worming treatments and delay/avoid the development of anthelmintic resistance.

F.E.C Methods

McMaster Worm Egg Counting Method

For Faecal Worm Egg Counts On Large Animals

McMaster counting slides are widely used for performing faecal worm egg counts (F.E.C’s). Faecal worm egg counts are performed on faeces samples mainly from large animals such as horses, sheep and cattle which normally harbour low levels of worms in their guts.

The McMaster Slide method of estimating the parasite load of an animal is made up of just four easy to understand and perform steps.

First, separate the worm eggs from a sample of the animal’s faeces using a Faecal Flotation Solution. Second, find the eggs (oocytes) using a microscope and, third, count them using the McMaster Slide. Finally, knowing both the weight of faeces sampled and the number of worm eggs counted, calculate the animal’s likely level of worm infection.

We Supply Three Types Of McMaster Counting Chambers

All Glass McMaster Chamber
Glass/Hybrid McMaster Chamber
Acrylic McMaster Chamber

Concentration/Flotation Method (Ovatube)

Worm Egg Detection Method For Companion And Small Animals

The Statspin OvaTube is the ideal on-site parasite detection test kit which is suitable for companion and small animals and has been developed for use in veterinary hospitals, practices and reference laboratories. In a situation where an animal has internal parasites or a particular parasite, the concentration flotation technique is recommended for the maximum yield of ova and oocysts. This method can be performed with or without a centrifuge.

The basic principle uses a flotation solution of special Specific Gravity in which the faecal sample is mixed and poured into a centrifuge tube. This can then be incubated vertically on the bench for up to 10-15 minutes or centrifuged ready for microscopic examination.

Bespoke Starter Kits

To make it easy for you Vetlab Supplies have put together some discounted tailor-made F.E.C starter kits with everything you need to get started.
All options are available with bespoke flotation solutions in both 1L and 5L

McMaster Method Kits

Option 1: Code M6107-12
Wedmore SP14 Monocular LED Microscope & McMaster Testing Kit

Wedmore SP14 Monocular LED Microscope, 50ml Measuring cylinder, 1L Flotation Solution, Vetlab Acrylic McMaster Slide, 100 x transfer pipettes, 10 x Mixing bowls, 1 x tally counter and tea strainer

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £263.00 (Usually £292.69 if items purchased individually)

Option 2: Code M6107-11
Vetlab Premiere Binocular Professional LED Microscope & McMaster Testing Kit

Vetlab Premiere 250 Microscope with 50ml Measuring cylinder, 1L Flotation Solution, Vetlab Acrylic McMaster Slide, 100 x transfer pipettes, 10 x Mixing bowls, 1 x tally counter and tea strainer

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £355.00 (Usually £420.00 if items purchased individually)

Option 3: Code M6107-13
McMaster F.E.C Testing Kit

Testing Kit Only; 50ml Measuring cylinder, 1L Flotation Solution, Vetlab Acrylic McMaster Slide, 100 x transfer pipettes, 10 x Mixing bowls, 1 x tally counter and tea strainer

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £58.50 (Usually £74.00 if items purchased individually)

Ovatube Method Kits

Option 1: Code O6107-11
Wedmore SP14 Monocular LED Microscope & Ovatube Testing Kit

Wedmore SP14 Microscope & Ovatube Testing Kit (10 x Statspin Ovatubes, 1 Litre Flotation Solution, 1 x Tube Rack, 100 x coverslips, 10 x Sample Collection Pots & Spoons and Wash Bottle)

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £257.98 Usually £286.65 (if items purchased individually)

Option 2: Code O6107-12

Vetlab Premiere Binocular Professional LED Microscope & Ovatube Testing Kit

Vetlab Premiere 250 Binocular Professional LED Microscope & Ovatube Testing Kit (10 x Statspin Ovatubes, 1 Litre Flotation Solution, 1 x Tube Rack, 100 x coverslips, 10 x Sample Collection Pots & Spoons and Wash Bottle)

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £348.00 Usually £410.00 if items purchased individually)

Option 3: Code O6107-13

Ovatube F.E.C Testing Kit

Ovatube Testing Kit ; 10 x Statspin Ovatubes, 1 Litre Flotation Solution, 1 x Tube Rack, 100 x coverslips, 10 x Sample Collection Pots & Spoons and Wash Bottle

(Also available in 1.27/8 Specific Gravity, 5L & Zinc Sulphate 1l, 1,27/78 and 5L. Contact us for full details/prices)

Discounted Kit Price From Only £50.00  (Usually £65.00 if items purchased individually)

For Full Details & Prices On Our Bespoke F.E.C Packages Please Contact Us

 

F.E.C. Methods, Instructions for Use and equipment including McMaster slides

McMaster Counting Method

Ovatube Method

Faecal Flotation Solutions

Prices

Cat NoDescriptionPrice
6602McMaster Counting Slide, 2 Cell, ALL GLASS £145.00 (ex VAT)
6607McMaster Counting Slide, 2 Cell, GLASS/HYBRID £95.00 (ex VAT)
6603Vetlab McMaster Counting Slide, 2 Cell, Acrylic £39.50 (ex VAT)
6107-1Sodium Nitrate Solution 1 Litre SG 1.200 £12.00 (ex VAT)
6107-5Sodium Nitrate Solution 5 Litre SG 1.200£45.00 (ex VAT)
6117-1Sodium Nitrate Solution 1 Litre SG 1.27/1.28£14.00 (ex VAT)
6117-5Sodium Nitrate Solution 5 Litre SG 1.27/1.28£52.00 (ex VAT)
6108-1Zinc Sulphate Solution 1 Litre SG 1.200£15.00 (ex VAT)
6108-5Zinc Sulphate Solution 5 Litre SG 1.200£55.00 (ex VAT)
6118-1Zinc Sulphate Solution 1 Litre SG 1.27/1.28£17.00 (ex VAT)
6118-5Zinc Sulphate Solution 5 Litre SG 1.27/1.28£65.00 (ex VAT)
6604Small, plastic bowls x 10£2.20 (ex VAT)
052350ml plastic measuring cylinder£6.50 (ex VAT)