Learning outcomes of the course unit
Give to students basic knowldege regarding major parasites and related diseases. Particular attention is given to farm animals and food safety.
Course contents summary
Introduction to parasitology: direct life cycle, indirect life cycle, definitive host, intermediate host, paratenic host. Epidemiology of parasitic infections.
Classification, morphology and physiology of following group of parasites: 1)Nematoda, 2)Trematoda, 3) Cestoda, 4) Protozoa 5) Arthropoda
Parasitic Diseases of major interest for animal production and food safety (zoonosis):
- Liver flukes
Practical classes are dedicated to identification of major helminths, plus common laboratory methods of collection/preservation of biological samples, associated to parasitic elements microscopic identification.
Taylor M.A. – Coop B. - Wall R. Veterinary Parasitology, Blackwell ed.
Projection of slides/wet labs
Assessment methods and criteria
Written and oral examination