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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.

1. Recommended textbook - Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians, tenth edition.
2. Required - Lecture and Laboratory Outlines written by the course instructors.
3. Websites of interest:

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 tests or quizzes will result in zero points for that exam. 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 hourly lecture exams will each be worth 20% of the course grade.
  • The cumulative lecture final exam is worth 40%.
  • There will be two laboratory practical exams based on specimen identification and diagnositics: 1st Lab exam (Arthropods) will be worth 5%, while the 2nd Lab exam (cumulative) will be worth 15%.

The use of old exams is allowed in this course for study purposes.

A 9-point scale will be used to assign letter grades. If the average for a particular exam is below 70, then an adjustment will be made to all grades. Otherwise the grades for an exam will not be adjusted.

Office hours by arrangement.
Dr. Bruce Hammerberg - phone 513-7712, office 210
Dr. James Flowers - phone 513-6404, office B-104
Dr. Mike Levy - phone 513-8289, office 456

This introduction is for quick access to pertinent points of the syllabus.
The official syllybus can be found at: 930.html
The policies and information in this introduction (and the official syllabus) are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


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