Disease Control and Investigation

Disease control and investigation is an important part of reducing disease prevalence and managing livestock. Here at Kojonup Veterinary Hospital, we understand how important your livestock are to you and offer our experience and our services to investigate disease. These include: 

Faecal Egg Worm Count and Drench Resistance Testing 

Worm burdens can cause significant production losses in livestock, including reduced body condition, scours/diarrhoea, poor feed conversion rates and even death. 

For more information please see our Faecal Egg Worm Count page or feel free to contact our clinic. 

Brucellosis Testing in Sheep 

Ovine brucellosis is a reproductive disease that affects all breeds of sheep. The disease is caused by a bacterium (known as B. ovis). The disease causes inflammation of the epididymus (known as epididymitis) and can also cause inflammation in the uterus of mated ewes. Brucellosis can lead to significant economic losses - by reducing lambing percentages, extending lambing seasons and increasing ram cullings. Blood testing and appropriate ram culling is important to eradicate the disease. 

For more information about Brucellosis and testing, please feel free to contact our clinic. 

Liverfluke Testing 

Liverfluke testing is important for all livestock that enter Western Australia. All livestock entering WA must be:

  • Drenched 21-35 days post arrival in WA
  • AND faecal tested 90-100 days post arrival in WA

Samples must be collected by a Veterinarian (or collected under the supervision of a Veterinarian) and submitted to an appropriate laboratory. 

For more information about Liverfluke and testing, please feel free to contact our clinic. 

Production Losses

Here at Kojonup Veterinary Hospital, we work closely with animal laboratories and offer a range of services to investigate poor production including: 

  • Measuring and identifying parasite burdens
  • Analysing exposure to diseases (including Reproductive diseases such as Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus/Pestivirus and Ovine Brucellosis)
  • Testing vitamin/mineral levels relevant to production
  • Complete Feed Analysis 
  • Water testing (including for Blue-Green Algae)
  • Where required, post mortem examination. 

Post Mortem Examination

Cases of sudden death, ill/poor-thrift, abortion, neurological disease and other un-improving diseases within the herd can often be further evaluated through a post-mortem examination. Either dead or live and affected animal samples can be analysed by a post mortem. Tissue samples are evaluated grossly by our Veterinarians, and if a diagnosis cannot be established at the time of a post-mortem, these tissue samples are sent to an external laboratory for analysis (including biochemistry, cytology, histopathology, cultures etc). If large numbers of animals are affected or if there is a risk to other species (biosecurity hazard), then there are subsidies available to help reduce the cost of disease investigation. 

CLICK HERE for a link to our Online Post Mortem Form

If you have a question regarding further post mortem examination, please feel free to contact our clinic.