Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

Wildlife veterinarians often need fast blood lead level results for sick or injured animals. The LeadCare® kit, which quickly reads human blood lead levels, was tested for accuracy in veterinary applications at Tufts Wildlife Clinic using avian blood and post-mortem fluid samples. Accuracy was determined by comparison to results from a reference lab. Data suggest that the LeadCare® kit is accurate for clinical diagnosis of lead poisoning in avian species; however, further studies are warranted to increase sample size.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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