for parasitological examination should preferably collected from
the rectum. Appropriate disposable gloves should be worn.
Collection from large animals can be more easily accomplished than
from smaller animals.
Smaller animals such as lambs can be induced to defaecate by inserting
a moistened finger into the rectum and massaging until the external
If a herd is being examined samples should be collected from several
different randomly selected or worm affected animals, depending
N.B. In the examination of poultry, faecal samples cannot be taken directly
from the cloaca. If assessment of individual birds is required they should
be caged separately and the fresh droppings collected.
If individual bird assessment is not required then the fresh droppings can
be collected from the poultry house.]
THESE PROCEDURES SHOULD ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN BY TRAINED PERSONNEL.
Health and Safety
Faeces may contain hazardous pathogens (bacteria,
viruses etc). Appropriate hygiene and safety procedures should
be employed. Local health and safety regulations should be observed.