Domestic Animal Parasitology

Course content

Parasites are found in all animal species often leading to serious welfare problems and lost performance or productivity.

The course studies the distribution of parasites inside and outside the hosts, and the key factors,  such as  feeding, management and genetics, regulating the parasite populations in animals and thus, their impact.

The students are introduced to selected parasitological methods (hands on) used to identify and quantify parasites in the host and the environment. Field trips are included where samples will be collected and analyzed in the laboratory. Post mortem examination of infected natural hosts will also be conducted.

Education

MSc in Animal Science - restricted elective

 

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give students a theoretical and practical insight into the dynamics of parasites of domestic animals, their impact, and control.

Knowledge

• Describe the most common parasites of animals, with focus on endoparasites.

• Describe how these parasites are transmitted within an ecosystem and how biotic and a-biotic factors affect this transmission

Describe how parasite populations are regulated within the hosts

• Use parasitological and immunological methods to identify and quantify parasites in the host and the environment.

•Is aware of the factors that influence parasite transmission.

• Aware of the biotic and a-biotic factors that drive survival of parasite and infection of their host(s)

Skills:

• Can use a number of parasitological methods to identify and quantify parasites in the host and environment, and devise practical arrangements for avoiding high parasite burdens.

• Identify (diagnose) and quantify selected parasites in infected hosts and the environment.

Competences:

• Interpret parasitological data and make conclusions about parasite transmission in a given setting.    

• Identify relevant literature, summaries and discuss it.

The teaching method is lectures and laboratory exercises. The students will (in groups of 2-3 students) work to complete a small practical project based on the field trips and laboratory exercises. Assessment will consist of a short written report and oral examination on this project.

Will mainly be based on handouts including articles

Suggested reading include parts of: 
Bush,A.O., Fernández, J.C., Esch, G.W., Seed, J.C.: Parasitism – the diversity and ecology of animal parasites. Cambridge University Press, 2001

Grønvold, J, Meyling, N.V., Skov, J., Al-Sabi, M.N.: Ecology of Parasites – selected case stories. 2007

Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 min
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 min
The examination, which takes 30 minutes, comprises an oral presentation/discussion of a written report (group work).
Aid
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal censorship. More than one examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment

To achive the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be abel to:

Knowledge

• Describe the most common parasites of animals, with focus on endoparasites.

• Describe how these parasites are transmitted within an ecosystem and how biotic and a-biotic factors affect this transmission

Describe how parasite populations are regulated within the hosts

• Use parasitological and immunological methods to identify and quantify parasites in the host and the environment.

•Is aware of the factors that influence parasite transmission.

• Aware of the biotic and a-biotic factors that drive survival of parasite and infection of their host(s)

Skills:

• Can use a number of parasitological methods to identify and quantify parasites in the host and environment, and devise practical arrangements for avoiding high parasite burdens.

• Identify (diagnose) and quantify selected parasites in infected hosts and the environment.

Competences:

• Interpret parasitological data and make conclusions about parasite transmission in a given setting.    

• Identify relevant literature, summaries and discuss it.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 12
  • Colloquia
  • 8,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 26,5
  • Project work
  • 60
  • Preparation
  • 75,5
  • Exam Preparation
  • 22
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 205,5