Parasitology and parasitic disease
Learning outcomes of the course unit
· to teach students of Animal Production and Food Safety some of the basic principles (classification, epidemiology, life cycles) of parasitology and to highlight those parasitic diseases of farm animals which can cause economic damage and/or pose a potential health risk for human consumption.
Course contents summary
· the course consists of 25 hours of classroom lectures and 11 hours of practical laboratories (for a total of 3 CFU). The content of the course includes the classification, epidemiology, life cycles of the following parasite groups: 1)Nematoda: Trichostrongyloidea, Ascaridioidea, Trichuroidea; 2)Trematoda: Fasciola heaptica, Dicrocoelium dendriticum; 3)Cestoda: Taenidae spp, 4) Protozoa: Apicomplexa; 5) Arthropoda: Insecta (agents of myasis), Acarina (mites). The most common parasitic diseases in domestic animals that are taught within the course include: 1) bovine/ovine: parasitic gastro-enteritis; liver fluke infection; cysticercosis; hydatidosis; toxoplasmosis; cryptosporidiosis; mange; warble fly infection/nasal bot. 2) swine: gastrointestinal strongylosis; round worm infection; trichinellosis; whip worm infection; cysticercosis; neonatal coccidiosis; toxoplasmosis; sarcoptic mange. Wet labs are intended to teach the student routine techniques in sample collection and conservation and in the post-mortem identification of zoonotic parasites.
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