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Ruminant coprological examination: beyond the McMaster slide
  1. James Patrick Crilly and
  2. Neil Sargison


Sustainable and effective control of nematode and trematode infections of ruminants requires an understanding of the farm-specific epidemiology of the parasites. To this end, a variety of diagnostic and monitoring techniques can be employed by the veterinary practitioner, of which the most commonly used is the faecal worm egg count (FWEC). This article discusses other techniques which can add detail to the information gained from FWECs and detect parasites not amenable to egg flotation techniques.

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