Penn Vet New Bolton Center Offers Comprehensive Testing for Foal Diarrhea
Monday, February 13, 2012
[February 13, 2012; Kennett Square, PA] – The Microbiology Lab at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is offering a Foal Diarrhea Panel to streamline testing for foals with diarrhea. The announcement of the test coincides with the onset of foaling season. Diarrhea is extremely dangerous, even life-threatening, to foals, and quick, accurate analysis of the cause could be a life saver.
Says Shelley C. Rankin, PhD, chief of clinical microbiology and associate professor of microbiology at Penn Vet, “This panel has been designed to coordinate testing for foal diarrhea cases between New Bolton Center’s Widener Hospital and the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Lab Services (PADLS) system, ensuring that each animal has the same battery of tests performed.”
The complete panel includes a Salmonella PCR; aerobic culture; Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin test; Clostridium difficile toxins A and B; parasitology fecal float; electron microscopy and E. coli virulence gene testing.
A minimum 25g fecal sample (about five tablespoons) will be adequate to perform all of the tests included in the panel. Sample should be collected in a fecal cup or clean, sealable, unbreakable plastic container. If a minimum of 25g of feces cannot be collected, individual fecal/rectal swabs can be used to perform the tests individually with the exception of the parasitology fecal float or electron microscopy.
A New Bolton Center Microbiology Submission form, completed by the primary care veterinarian, must accompany each sample. Forms are available at New Bolton Center, at the drop-off refrigerator in the Clinical Annex, or by calling 610-925-6155. Samples must be refrigerated, but not frozen, and received by the lab within 24 hours of collection. Specimens can also be shipped overnight, with an ice pack, to the New Bolton Center Microbiology Laboratory, Monday through Thursday.
The cost for the complete panel for Pennsylvania residents is $217.50. If sample is positive for E. coli an additional charge of $35 for E. coli Virulence testing will added to the basic cost.
For additional information or submission forms call 610-925-6155 or e-mail email@example.com.
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
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