Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis, 3rd Edition is available to download free in pdf / epub format.
The National Mastitis Council (NMC) released its third edition of the Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis. A 148-page book for laboratory diagnosticians, veterinarians, educators, students, researchers, technical specialists and dairy producers, it discusses the basic theories of microbial culture, mastitis diagnosis and pathogens, laboratory procedures and molecular pathogen diagnosis methods. Previous editions were published in 1987 and 1999.
Aseptic technique in sample collection is an absolute necessity. The quality of samples is extremely important in any diagnostic procedure; however, the quality of samples for mastitis diagnosis can be more difficult to obtain than other diseases. Organisms that have the potential to cause mastitis are common and prevalent throughout any dairy, and therefore samples can easily become contaminated if proper technique is not followed in collecting the sample. Contaminated samples lead to misdiagnosis, increased work, confusion, and frustration. Fundamentals of Laboratory Animal Science.