Blood tests are undertaken for a number of reasons and can include the following:
There are a number of different serological tests that can be undertaken at the laboratory but the most common tests used are:
These tests look for evidence of specific agents by the detection of antigens (proteins expressed on the surface of a pathogen) or they look for the birds response to exposure to specific agents by detecting antibodies.
For most flock 20 individual blood samples will be sufficient but if for Poultry Health Scheme or for export purposes 60 bloods per houses will often be indicated.
All sampling materials can be provided by Crowshall Veterinary laboratory- just request a sampling kit online as below, fill in a submission form with the relevant information, and if you need help taking samples Crowshall vets can give you the guidance you need
If you are a Crowshall Registered Client you can request a sampling kit by clicking the green arrow below