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This study evaluated two point-of-care glucometers for blood glucose determination in layer chickens and compared the values obtained to those from conventional laboratory methods. Blood samples were obtained from 40 healthy Rhode Island Red layers and used for rapid blood glucose determination using Accu-chek active® and TysonBio Evolve® glucometers and for glucose determination in serum and plasma using the GOD POD method. The values obtained by the different methods were compared using analysis of variance. Results showed significant (p<0.05) differences in mean glucose concentration with all measurement methods. Whereas values obtained by Accu-chek active® and conventional laboratory methods were within the reference values for layer chickens, that from TysonBio Evolve® overestimated blood glucose level in the birds. Accu-chek active® glucometer could hence be used for rapid blood glucose determination in layer chickens.
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