Background: Reference intervals (RIs) for routine clinicopathologic data in sheep are sparse. The authors sought to establish hematologic and biochemical RIs from a varied ovine population to improve data interpretation for small ruminant veterinarians.
Objectives: The goal of this study was to establish ovine CBC and biochemistry reference intervals by sampling 120 healthy adult sheep, both male and female, from a variety of breeds, located in the Northeastern United States.
Methods: One hundred and eighteen sheep were included in the CBC RI and 121 sheep were included in the biochemistry panel RI.
Results: RIs for 42 CBC and biochemistry analytes were established in accordance with the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines.
Conclusions: These RIs are provided to assist small ruminant veterinarians with the interpretation of CBC and biochemistry panel results in sheep.
Keywords: clinical chemistry; domestic; hematology; ovine; small ruminants.
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