By Wendy Wilkins, DVM PhD, Disease Surveillance Veterinarian, Regina
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will again be paying the laboratory costs associated with internal parasite monitoring and/or treatment efficacy in goats until October 2021. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Fritz Schumann and Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Any goat owner in Saskatchewan can participate, regardless of the number of goats owned. Each producer may submit fecal samples from their goats. The samples must be shipped by courier to Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and be submitted by the producer or their regular veterinarian.
All costs associated with the laboratory analyses (fecal egg count test) will be directly paid by the Ministry of Agriculture. Materials for collection of fecal samples and shipping to the laboratory are at the expense of the owner.
Each fecal sample submission to the lab must be accompanied by the official project submission form and a completed short questionnaire. Sampling instructions and the study’s information are also available on the Prairie Diagnostic Services form page under “Saskatchewan Goat Study” at the bottom of the page.
Owners should collect individual, fresh fecal samples from their goats in accordance with the recommended collection guidelines. It is strongly recommended that interested producers and veterinarians contact the coordinators via phone or email before initiating sampling.
For more information or to obtain collection guidelines, please contact Dr. Fritz Schumann, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, by phone at 306-221-5861 or by email.