Zinc PVA faeces sample (for faecal parasite testing)

Specimen collection

  • Obtain a PVA container from your doctor or nearest Wellington SCL rooms.
  • The zinc is in the pot in a clear liquid.
  • Place a clean ice‐cream container or similar in the toilet or make a raft of toilet paper in the pan.
  • Ensure that no urine or water contaminates the faeces.
  • Using the wooden stick provided collect two pea sized portions of faeces into the PVA container and mix them in well.
  • Do not pass the specimen directly into the PVA container.
  • Securely fasten the lid and label the container with your name, date of birth and date and time of collection.
  • Place the specimen in the plastic bag provided with the request form from your doctor.
  • Take the specimen to your doctor or nearest Wellington SCL rooms.
  • Specimens may be kept at room temperature overnight. Do not refrigerate.


Zinc PVA is a toxic and flammable chemical.

Keep out of reach of children.

Do not swallow – if you ingest zinc, seek immediate medical attention.

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