Parasitology and parasitic disease of animal
Learning outcomes of the course unit
· to teach students of Equine Sciences some of the basic principles (classification, epidemiology, life cycles) of parasitology and the to highlight those parasitic diseases that can effect a horse’s well-being and athletic performance. Students are also taught the fondamental principals of parasite control/prevention.
Course contents summary
· the course consists of 17 hours of classroom lectures and 7 hours of practical laboratories (for a total of 2 CFU). The content of the course includes the classification, epidemiology, life cycles of the following parasite groups: 1)Nematoda: Strongyloidea, Ascaridioidea, Oxiurioidea; 2) Cestoda: Anoplocephala spp, 3) Protozoa: Apicomplexa, Piroplasmidae; 4) Arthropoda: Insecta (agents of myasis), Acarina (mites and ticks). The most common equine parasitic diseases that are taught within the course include: intestinal strongylosis/larval strongylosis; round worm infection; pin worm infection; trichinellosis; tape worm infection; genital trypanosomiasis (T. equiperdum); babesiosis; sweet itch (Culicoides spp); bot fly infection. Wet labs are intended to teach the common methods of sample collection and conservation and the managerial control/prevention of parasitic infection.
Parassitologia Veterinaria, Urquart et al, (ed. Genchi C.), UTET, 2001
class lectures (slide presentations) and wet labs
oral and written examination with multiple choice questions