Discipline: Veterinary Medicine
Blood samples were collected from twenty (20) ostriches (Struthio camelus) raised in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte to determine normal mean values for alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), cholesterol, glucose, and total protein (TP), and also to analyze the influence of age and gender on these variables. Results showed that serum concentrations for ALT, BUN, cholesterol and TP were significantly higher in the female (n=10) than in the male (n=10) (P<0.05). Males had higher AST levels compared to females (P<0.05), while glucose levels did not significantly differ between the two groups. Younger birds (4-5 months old, n=13) had higher ALT, cholesterol and glucose levels, and significantly lower concentrations of BUN and TP than older individuals (12 months of age, n=7). There were no differences between the two age groups in AST levels. These findings could be of help in assessing the health status and in the establishment of the normal serum chemistry profile of locally raised ostriches.