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VMP 930: Introduction

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Veterinary Parasitology (VMP 930) covers the diagnosis, treatment and control of major endo and ecto parasites of domesticated animals. The course is composed of lectures and laboratories that present information on parasite morphology, parasite life cycles, host pathology, epidemiology of infections, and treatment / control of infections. Lectures offer this information in didactic and discussion formats; whereas laboratories offer some of the same material with additional opportunities for hands-on learning and acquiring technical skills required for diagnosis of metazoan and protozoan parasite infections.

Course Objectives:
1. Students will be able to diagnose the major endo- and ecto-parasitic diseases of domesticated animals based upon clinical signs, history and identification of parasite species.
2. Students will be able to treat and control the major endo and ecto-parasites of domesticated animals based upon knowledge of life cycle and epidemiology of parasitic organisms, and therapeutic drug action.

The official syllabus can be found as a:   Google Doc

However, the policies and information on this page (and the official syllabus) are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Mondays: 08:00-08:50am - South Theater (B112)
Wednesdays: 08:00-08:50am - South Theater (B112)

Thursdays: 1:00-2:30pm and 2:30-4:00pm - Microscope Lab (B104D)
Exceptions: on 08/11, 08/18, 08/25 & 11/10 go to South Theater (B112)

A. Recommended textbook - Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians, 11th edition.
(Options for Accessing Textbook)

  1. Purchase a hard copy of the textbook
  2. Purchase Digital Access: All-in Textbooks
  3. Access a Digital Library Copy: CVM Library Access
B. Lecture and Laboratory Outlines written by the course instructors.
   (Copies of each lecture and lab can be accessed on the website.)
C. Course Websites:

Attendance:   The lecture outline will facilitate student participation in lecture discussions about how to solve practical problems of parasite control and to understand the significance of host-parasite interactions. It is important that all students attend lectures prepared to discuss the objectives listed for each lecture.

Students with disabilities:   Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with registered verifiable disabilities.

Examinations:   Missed exams or quizzes will result in zero points for that assessment. The possibility for makeup exams will be at the discretion of the instructor* giving the exam. Any makeup exam will be different from the missed exam. Students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct.
* It is the policy of this course that a student must acquire an excused absence from the Office of Academic Affairs before a makeup exam may be considered.

  • Two on-line lecture exams will each be worth 15% of the course grade.
  • The cumulative lecture final exam is worth 35%.
  • Five (5) on-line quizzes 5% each for a possible 25% total.
  • One cumulative laboratory practical exam worth 10% and will be based on specimen identification.
For study purposes, the use of old exams is allowed in this course.

Instructors: (Office hours by arrangement.)

  • Dr. Barbara Qurollo - 513-1345, office R-464
  • Dr. Bruce Hammerberg - 513-7712, office R-210
  • Dr. James Flowers - 513-6404, office B104E

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