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Approaches in Poultry, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences

Recent Trends in Veterinary Diagnostics- A Boon to Reticent diseased Animals

Amritpal Singh K* and Gagan Preet Kour B

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, India

*Corresponding author: Amritpal Singh Kaleka, Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, Punjab, India

Submission: December 26, 2017;Published: January 18, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/APDV.2018.02.000541

ISSN: 2576-9162
Volume2 Issue4


The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life; the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.

Keywords: Tuberculosis; Cytokine; Trypanosoma; Polymorphism

Abbreviations: ELISA: Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay; LAMP: Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification; RAPD: Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA; AFLP: Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism


Diagnosis forms an integral component of disease management and prevention, a small outbreak of disease can spread and pose threat to the entire population. The animal disease diagnostics forms the connecting link between the cause and cure of disease. The cause of death provides vital information when deciding a treatment plan for other animals. The setting up of specialized laboratories across the nation is of major concern to animal health. Without disease diagnostics, food and animal safety would not be reliable.

The initial move in the disease diagnostics is of the producer/ owner of the farm/breeding centre who submits the affected animal to the laboratory at an earliest. A major thrust in the development in animal disease diagnostics has been towards the rapid methods that can provide a definitive answer in less than 24 hrs or even during the course of initial examination of the animal. To achieve such rapidity, the methods should fulfill the prerequisites of speed, simplicity, sensitivity, specificity, reproducibility and low cost. The tests for the specific diagnostics are generally of two types: tests that demonstrate the presence of the infectious agent, major antigens expressed by the agent or its nucleic acid and tests that demonstrate the presence of the antibodies against the infectious agent [1]. The conventional diagnostic methods are time consuming, lesser sensitive and not applicable in the diagnosis of morphologically similar organisms. The recent molecular techniques like DNA hybridization assays, polymerase chain reaction and its modifications have changed the prospective of disease diagnosis.

New powerful diagnostic tools have been developed with the advancement in molecular biology. Refined diagnostic techniques like bio-sensors and Nano-based techniques are increasingly receiving greater attention. The present communication deals with the recent and advanced veterinary disease diagnostics.


Traditional immunoassays for the diagnosis of animal diseases were based on detection of antibody to the pathogen, using techniques such as virus neutralisation, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), complement fixation and agar gel immune diffusion. These generally rely on the interaction of serum polyclonal antibodies against the agent of interest, followed by the use of a detection system [2]. The recent methods such as cloning of genes, over expression vectors and peptide synthesis have made possible the production of specific proteins or proteins that serve as target antigens or positive control reagents in existing and newly-developed immunoassays. The specific positive control is being included in these assays by the use of synthetic peptides (those produced by connecting amino acids together in a specified sequence).

Nanoemulsions can be prepared through either high or low energy emulsifications. High-energy emulsification methods include high shear homogenization, high-pressure homogenization, microfluidization, ultrasonic homogenization [13], and electrified coaxial liquid jets [14]. It should be pointed out that, although ultrasonic homogenization and electrified coaxial liquid jets could also be used to form nanoemulsions, they are currently limited in laboratory use and have not been used in large batch production [13,15].

High-energy methods are effective in reducing droplet sizes, but may not be suitable for some unstable molecules, such as proteins or peptides. Alternatively, low-energy emulsification methods, such as phase inversion (PIT) method, which uses the changes in solubility of polyoxyethylene-type non-ionic surfactants with temperature [16,17], colloidosomes [18], cubosomes [19], and microfluidic channels [20], can also be used to prepare nanoemulsions. From a food technology perspective, the microencapsulation in wall/ coating polymer or the embedding in polymeric matrix reduces the moisture/water content and acts as a physical barrier to oxygen and small molecules inhibiting chemical and enzymatic degradations [21]. Moreover, microencapsulation, depending on the polymers used, may increase the solubility/dissolution rate of the product and control organoleptic modifications [8].

Common core materials include carbohydrates, gums, semisynthetic cellulose derivatives and synthetic polymers [8,22]). Each carrier has advantages and disadvantages in terms of properties, cost and encapsulation efficiency. Currently, maltodextrins, soluble modified starch derivatives are used alone or in combination with other materials in food and drug processing of plant extracts, aromatic additives, carotenoids and vitamins [23,24]. Maltodextrins have multifaceted functions including bulking and film formation properties, binding ability of flavour and fat, reduction of oxygen permeability of wall matrix. However, its low glass transition temperature, leading crystals formation under increasing temperature [24,25] may induce disruption of the structural integrity of wall matrix and produce agglomeration or caking of micro particulate powders. As a result, release of encapsulated actives and degradation/oxidation process may occur during the storage period. Therefore, a more efficient and stable carrier for natural products.

Nucleic Acid Diagnostics

The nucleic-acid based techniques (PCR), real time PCR, loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) [3], etc have the advantage of ensuring the detection of infection in the latent phase of the disease when the level of infection is often below the detection limit of conventional methods as well as in the assessment of the success of the specific chemotherapeutic intervention, besides its epidemiological applications [4]. Nucleic acid amplification-based detection methods are highly specific, sensitive, instant and reliable. The variants of PCR such as randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD), amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), amplification refractory mutation system-PCR [5] and RFLP are also useful for species-specific diagnosis, genotyping (DNA polymorphism) and hence in epidemiological studies of parasites. RAPD enables to differentiate the species of Trypanosoma, Theileria and Babesia [6-8].


A new approach in animal disease diagnosis is the biosensors. Biosensor is a term extensively applied by bioanalytical chemists describing an approach or device which converts a biological event (e.g. immune responses) into a physical, measurable signal [9]. Biosensors when coupled to sophisticated instrumentation produce highly specific analytical tools. Some of the transducer technologies under development include electrochemistry, reflectrometry, resonance and fluorimetry. In addition, nanotechnologies, although in its budding stages, hold the promise of screening for numerous pathogens in a single assay.

The diagnostics can be improved with the inclusion and updation of validated assay systems to ensure better and improved facilities as per latest trends in the field of veterinary sciences. In general, these recent advances in the veterinary diagnostics will be fruitful to safeguard the animal health.


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