Faeces should be collected as soon as possible into a sterile sample pot and stored in a fridge/cool dark place until sending. Results are most valuable from the freshest specimens, and also when they are identified to individual birds or species groups. An unidentified sample from a large mixed species group is of less value as additional sampling is likely to be needed to refine the species of parasite and work out which animal(s) it came from. If samples can be collected after voiding onto a clean dry surface this is less prone to contamination than samples picked up after a longer time on a damp substrate/soil.
Pathologists use their discretion when interpreting requests for faecal examination if more general instructions (e.g. faecal screening or microbiology/parasitology) are made on the submission form.
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