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Farm Animal Practice
Differential diagnosis of non-parasitic skin conditions in sheep
  1. Graham Baird

    Graham Baird graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1989. After four years in general practice in Fife, he joined the Scottish Agricultural College as a veterinary investigation officer. Since then, he has developed an interest in sheep medicine and, in particular, the emerging problem of caseous lymphadenitis. He holds the certificate in sheep health and production.


RECENT years have seen a revival of sheep scab in Britain, the spread of caseous lymphadenitis and the appearance of a new form of footrot. Statistics from the Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis (VIDA) database show that twice as many diagnoses of ovine skin disease are made today compared with 10 years ago. With shepherds now more aware of the risks of scab, general practitioners are frequently asked to examine sheep with skin problems. Although different skin conditions can appear similar clinically, most are easily differentiated with the use of laboratory tests. This article describes the more common non-parasitic diseases and the techniques most likely to yield a diagnosis.

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