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Services and Tools Laboratory Services Animal Health
Animal Health


The Animal Health Laboratory has the following objectives:

  • Provide support to research, essentially to the Meat and Wool National Research Program in assessing the incidence of infections from parasites in the animals which participate in different animal production experiments and in implementing control measures.
  • Conduct research on parasite problems in cattle and sheep.
  • Apply and develop the most used techniques for diagnosis of parasites, as the McMaster Test for gastrointestinal nematodes, Sedimentation Test for Fasciola hepatica and Faecal Cultures.
  • Make available a service in the diagnosis of Antihelmintic Resistance in cattle and sheep through research projects.



Services and Analysis provided

  • Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test commonly called “Lombritest” is used for the diagnosis of Antihelmintic Resistance in cattle and sheep. The test is run through the use of a protocol to sample animal faeces supplied by the client and his veterinary adviser.  
  • McMaster Test for cattle and sheep. Determines quantitatively the number of eggs from gastrointestinal parasites (HPG) as an indirect measure to estimate the parasite load in cattle and sheep.
  • Sedimentation Test for diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica. Qualitative determination of the presence of eggs of Fasciola hepatica (Liver Fluke) in cattle and sheep faeces.
  • Larvae Culture in cattle and sheep. Identification of the parasite genus present in cattle and sheep.

Chemical groups which are evaluated:

Triple combination: Levamisol, Albendazol, Ivermectin

INIA is available for consultation on other drug combinations found in the market.



More information

Access is open to all farmers, farmer’s advisors, scientists, cooperatives, industries, or other organizations which wish to use the service.


Further information (in Spanish) on this and other matters regarding this service, as transportation, delivery of results, costs, payment of service charges, and annexes on sampling and coding of forms for dispatch of samples, may be reached at


or contact the person in charge of the service




Contact us

Dra. Analía Rodríguez
E–mail:arodriguez@tb.inia.org.uy - labsanidad@tb.inia.org.uy
Tel.: ++               598 63 22407       
Fax: ++ 598 63 23969
Ruta 5 Km. 386 – Tacuarembó
INIA Tacuarembó