Serotyping of Haemophilus parasuis, by multiplex PCR analysis

The laboratory of swine bacterial serology, under the supervision of Dr. Marcelo Gottschalk, now offers the serotyping of Haemophilus parasuis, by multiplex PCR analysis. The method is based on the detection of capsular genes, and can be performed on pure bacterial strains. The direct use of this PCR on swabs from different organs, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid will be evaluated in the near future. [Read more]


DIFIL-SNAP test at the parasitology lab: 4Hearts program

Do you know the advantages of the DIFIL test? The DIFIL test, unique to the laboratory of parasitology of the Diagnostic Service, makes it possible to highlight the microfilariae. The parasite is thus detected at an earlier stage of the disease and allows a diagnostic that would otherwise be falsely negative with the SNAP test. The SNAP test, widely used in clinics, only allows the detection of antigens related to adult female worms. It does not detect the microfilariae. [Read more]


New tests available- Levetiracetam/Zonisamide

Levetiracetam is a drug that belongs to the Pyrrolidine family used for the treatment of epileptic crises in small animals. It can be given in combination with Zonisamide, a sulfonamide anticonvulsant. Measurement of residual serum concentration following the use of these drugs optimizes the therapeutic effect or prevents unwanted side effects by allowing dose adjustment when needed. It thus ensures better monitoring by establishing the kinetics of the drug over a period of time. [Read more]


New expert in parasitology

We are pleased to announce that a new parasitologist, Dr. Christopher Fernandez-Prada, joined our team last August. Originally from Spain, Dr. Fernandez-Prada has made his veterinary studies at the University of Leon and graduated in 2008. He then continued his training in Spain and earned in 2013 a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences. [Read more]