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16 November 2020 BIOLOGICAL VARIATION OF HEMATOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY PARAMETERS FOR THE ASIAN ELEPHANT (ELEPHAS MAXIMUS), AND APPLICABILITY OF POPULATION-DERIVED REFERENCE INTERVALS
Kathryn L. Perrin, Annemarie T. Kristensen, Charlie Gray, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Mads F. Bertelsen, Mads Kjelgaard-Hansen
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The aim of this study was to objectively evaluate the biological variation of healthy Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) hematology and biochemistry parameters, therefore enabling evidence-based clinical decision-making to improve patient management. Ten clinically healthy elephants had blood samples collected weekly for 5 wk under standardized conditions. The analytical, between- and within-individual variation, index of individuality, and reference change values were calculated using previously reported methods. Large between-individual variation and small within-individual variation for almost all parameters indicated that individual normal values should be used for interpreting blood results from Asian elephants.

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Kathryn L. Perrin, Annemarie T. Kristensen, Charlie Gray, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Mads F. Bertelsen, and Mads Kjelgaard-Hansen "BIOLOGICAL VARIATION OF HEMATOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY PARAMETERS FOR THE ASIAN ELEPHANT (ELEPHAS MAXIMUS), AND APPLICABILITY OF POPULATION-DERIVED REFERENCE INTERVALS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 51(3), 643-651, (16 November 2020). https://doi.org/10.1638/2020-0007
Accepted: 22 June 2020; Published: 16 November 2020
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