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How and where to send the samples

Please do not send any samples on a Saturday as this will mean that they will be kept at Royal Mail for a day before being posted.

To avoid having to freeze the samples and then freeze again once they reach us, we ask that all samples sent are sent on the day they were taken and ice packs are included to keep them as fresh as possible, we will then freeze when they reach us this end. If tissue samples are being sent, please put each sample in a re-sealable bag and then put all samples together in one bag.

We would ask that all samples sent are marked on the package "fresh samples - must freeze immediately on receipt". We would also ask that as the samples are being sent directly to the Higham Ferrers Veterinary Clinic, 3 College Street,

 Higham Ferrers, Northants NN10 8DX

Bags and serum tubes should be clearly labelled with fox ID so that the appropriate matching information can be located on the online form

A preliminary Study into the detection and genetic characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii in red foxes in the UK and association with behavioural changes

Over the course of the last few years we have observed a significant increase in foxes testing positive for Toxoplasmosis and it has been very difficult for us to try to gain a bigger picture as to what is going on around the UK, mainly down to the cost of the Toxoplasmosis blood test currently around £70 each test. At present we have really only been blood testing those foxes that show what we consider to be the 'Clinical signs' but it has always been my goal to be able to test every fox we have in and ask other organisations to do the same, so we can gain a bigger picture with regards to Toxoplasmosis in the UK fox population and whether all foxes that are seropositive show the behavioural traits, we and others have noted.

In collaboration with Moredun Research Institute (MRI), Charly Taylor BVetMed MRCVS, Higham Ferrers Veterinary Clinic and the National Fox Welfare Society, we are excited to announce that we will be conducting a preliminary study to look for the presence of Toxoplasma antibodies in a sample of foxes and in collaboration with MRI will be looking at which strains of Toxoplasma gondii may be present in the fox population.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Moredun Research Institute, and to Charly Taylor, Higham Vets for this exciting opportunity that will hopefully give us all a clearer indication of the impact of Toxoplasmosis in the UK fox population.

If any organisation that deals with foxes would be willing to send fox blood / tissue samples, please contact me as the more organisations we can get on board across the UK the better.

Please Note

When filling out the form and the name of the fox is entered, please ensure you put the initials of your org before the name of the fox on both the form and the blood / Tissue samples containers.

We ask you do this in case we have duplicate names of foxes already sent in

Toxoplasmosis In the UK Fox Population Blood and Tissue Samples

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