Avian Diagnostic Microscopy - An Overview

Avian Diagnostic Microscopy and its uses in the aviary

We're not going to mince any words here, so if your feelings are easily hurt, pass these pages by. 


For the advanced bird keeper, a microscope can be a life saver in the aviary. Choosing a microscope and learning how to use it is just the first step - learning to identify pathogens, differentiating between pathogen and similar looking artifacts, determining when to treat and when to merely observe, are all part of Avian Diagnostic Microscopy. 


DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR BIRD IS SICK TO LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR MICROSCOPE FOR DIAGNOSTICS. There's a lot to learn, and our instruction will only help if you follow directions to the letter - if you skip steps, we can't and won't help you. 


NEVER attempt to diagnose your bird until you are completely familiar with your own microscope and AFTER you've viewed every single item you'd ever put in your birds under your microscope. By every single item, we literally mean EVERYTHING: seed, powdered supplements, water supplements, medications, softfood of any kind, fruits or vegetables, grit, charcoal. Every. Single. Item. We even recommend picking up dust from around your home and viewing it BEFORE attempting to use your scope for diagnosis. If you don't know what the stuff going in looks like, you can't possibly understand what it looks like coming out! 


We stand firm on this point and won't even consider looking at your slide photos until we know you've completed this task. In other words, don't waste our time. Nope, that's not mean, that's life. We've spent hour upon hour putting together this FREE information. The least you can do is reciprocate and follow directions.


Links Pertaining to Microscopy

CHOOSING A MICROSCOPE

WHEN LEARNING TO USE YOUR MICROSCOPE

PHOTOGRAPHING SLIDES FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

FOOD STUFFS UNDER THE SCOPE

AVIAN PATHOGENS & ARTIFACTS

LEARNING WHEN TO ACT VS MERELY OBSERVE

MICROSCOPY IN NECROPSY PROCEDURES

CULTURES

CREATING SENSITIVITY DISKS

GRAM STAINING

FECAL FLOATS


ONLINE MICROSCOPY CLASSES VIA SKYPE 

(Fee based - US Residents only)

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