Back To Schedule
Wednesday, May 25 • 11:30 - 12:00
Assessment of the rumen fluid of a bovine patient

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

The rumen fluid obtained by stomach tube or rumenocentesis may provide useful information on the health and function of the digestive and other systems of the bovine patient. Assessment of the rumen content/fluid is essential in diagnosis of disorders of the rumeno-reticulum and disorders blocking the passage of ingesta into the intestines (e.g. pyloric obstruction). Assessment of the sample of rumen fluid should include colour, odour, viscosity, pH, sedimentation, and using some simple laboratory equipment the rumen microbial population and rumen chloride concentration. The normal rumen fluid is of olive-green to greenish-brown colour, slightly viscous, pH of 6.0 to 7.2, sediments in 5-10 minutes and secondary floatation few minutes later. Normal rumen fluid should possess active protozoa visible under low power objective on a warm microscopic slide and should have chloride concentration of


Dr Kiro Petrovski

Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide
Originally from Europe, Kiro started working with dairy cows at age of 11. With a lifelong interest in animals and animal health, after completing my undergraduate education Kiro worked for 2.5 years as a veterinary practitioner in Europe with production animals and occasionally companion... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 11:30 - 12:00 ACST
Room L3 Adelaide Convention Centre