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Avian Diagnostic Sample Collection

Authors: Drs. Elizabeth Buckles, Jodi Korich, Jaime Ruiz, Benjamin Lucio-Martinez, Alfonso Torres, Alejandro Banda and Shankar Mondal

Sponsor: United States Department of Agriculture

Learn how to properly collect and submit a variety of diagnostic samples in poultry with this comprehensive training video. Developed by leading poultry specialists at Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture, this practical guide shows you how to collect samples from live birds as well as how to systemically gather samples during the avian post-mortem examination. Step-by-step instructions include how to collect blood in chickens and ducks, swab samples from the oropharynx, sinuses, cloaca, joints, bone marrow, and internal organs, as well as how to collect samples for histopathology and parasitology. Also included, are the proper methods for preparing and shipping specimens to a diagnostic laboratory for bacterial, viral, and Mycoplasma isolation. Emphasis is placed on collecting and submitting high-quality samples to the laboratory, as well as following international regulations for the shipment of Dangerous Goods.

Poultry Examination and Diagnostics

Developed by leading poultry veterinarians at Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture, this comprehensive training series is designed to help veterinarians and students improve their poultry diagnostic and disease management skills. Includes 150 minutes of narrated step-by-step videos, demonstrating how to perform a complete necropsy examination as well as numerous techniques for collecting diagnostic samples for laboratory testing. Install the interactive Atlas of Avian Diseases on your computer and get instant access to thousands of clinical images demonstrating a variety of avian diseases. Review image sets by disease, gross lesion, or clinical sign- and visually build a differential diagnosis based on your clinical observations. Each disease profile includes up-to-date information on etiology, host range, clinical signs, differential diagnoses, testing, and prevention and control.

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