Horses, Goats, and Sheep

The first generation Parasight System launched with support with push-button fecal egg count support for horses.  Today, we are happy to announce that through a simple update process, Parasight System now supports fecal egg counts for horses, sheep, and goat.  If you are a current customer and would like to upgrade your system for goats and sheep, click here for details.

Horses.

Parasight System for horses is a less than three minute test that replaces McMaster and other microscope-based technologies. Designed for use in-clinic or in the field, Parasight for horses identifies and counts strongyles and ascarids using an automated software counting algorithm.  The Parasight System outputs an image of the parasite eggs and provides a count in eggs per gram (“EPG”).  The easy-to-use Parasight App provides a simple user interface to display, email, and store results.

Proven to be significantly less variable and more accurate than the traditional McMaster FEC test method, the Parasight System for horses utilizes a filtration prep process rather than floatation thus removing the float time.  The imaging process removes the microscope and manual count used in other methods.  It really is a push-button test!  Parasight is in use at major equine hospitals, ambulatory veterinary clinics and veterinary schools throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Which parasites are detected?

Ova detected include strongyles and ascarids.  The test distinguishes between ova and provides an eggs per gram (“EPG”) for each.

Goat and Sheep.

Parasight System for goats and sheep is a less than five minute test that replaces McMaster and other microscope-based technologies. Designed for in-clinic use, Parasight for goats and sheep identifies and counts round worms using an automated software counting algorithm.  The Parasight System outputs an image of the parasite eggs and provides a count in eggs per gram (“EPG”).  The easy-to-use Parasight App provides a simple user interface to display, email, and store results.

Goat and sheep fecal matter is unique from horse fecal matter in both density, consistency, and diet.  As a result, a brief centrifugation step in a floatation medium is needed to prepare the sample.  In addition, the egg chamber used for processing and imaging is unique.  For clinics who are using Parasight System for all three species we have things easy by color coding the test kit supplies:  black egg chambers for horses and blue egg chambers for goats and sheep.  

Proven to be significantly less variable and more accurate than the traditional McMaster FEC test method, the Parasight System for goat and sheep uses the same hardware system used for horses.  The sample prep process and egg chamber filter are the only variances.  Parasight is in use at major equine hospitals, ambulatory veterinary clinics and veterinary schools throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Which parasites are detected?

Currently, ova detected include round worms:  Trichostrongylus, Haemonchus, Ostertagia, Oesophagostomum, ChabertiaCooperia and Nematodirus.  The test provides a total combined round worm count for all such genera except Nematodirus, which is reported as a separate count. Future versions of the system will include the ability to detect and count other parasitic helminth ova, including, Strongyloides and Trichuris. 

Parasight Sheep and Goat FEC instructions (PDF icon below).  Please watch the video and then review the written instructions before use.