Each kit contains of a prepaid Australia Parcel Post approved mailing satchel and a number of collection bags.
Each collection bag contains 10 smaller resealable bags and a submission form.
Each kit will cover single animal submissions to multiple flock submissions.
- Fresh faecal samples are essential. The larvae hatch from the eggs rapidly and hatching reduces the accuracy of the counting techniques.
- Samples from a freshly passed faecal deposit (still warm) are acceptable, but you should avoid collecting faeces that have been in contact with dirt or grass. If possible, samples are best collected directly from the rectum.
- Fill the sample bags as full as possible. You may need to experiment with quantities.
- Ensure the outside of the bags is clean and seal the bags tightly.
- Fill out the submission form completely.
- Label each sample outer plastic bag with the same ID as is one your submission form.
- Make copies of the form if you have more samples / groups than there are spaces on the form.
- Keep a note of which flocks you submitted sheet for your records.
- The time between you collecting the sample and arrival at the lab should be no longer than 5 days.
Packaging & Mailing
- It is best to send the samples early in the week. This reduces the chance of samples being held in the mail system over the weekend.
- Complete the sender details and be sure to print your email address(es) very clearly.
- If paying by cheque, include payment with your submission.
- If Paying by EFT please include evidence of payment e.g. receipt or receipt number.
- Place the small clip top bags into the larger clear plastic bag, carefully seal the top of the bag and place it into the reply paid satchel.
- Don't forget to include your submission form(s). Pack the form outside of the larger collection bag, in case any of the smaller bags leak. If you include an ice brick, take care that condensation won't soak the submission form during transit.
- If a sample is urgent then send it in an express post satchel. Let the lab know it is coming.
- In hot weather consider including an ice brick, but this isn't essential.
- Please post the samples as quickly as possible! If you need to hold your submission overnight, a cool place that is not the refrigerator is best.
- Worm egg count and coccidia test results are usually sent within 2 days of receipt of the sample. If a sample arrives on a Friday, then allow an extra day.
- Larval culture results for sheep, cattle, goats, alpacas, and other ruminants and camelids are sent about 10 days after receipt of the sample since it requires 7 days for the larvae to develop to the appropriate stage for identification. Larval culture results for horses and other equines take 15-20 days.
- If you need to discuss the results, please phone our laboratory.