cod. 1001951

Academic year 2010/11
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Parassitologia e malattie parassitarie degli animali (VET/06)
Discipline della sanità animale
Type of training activity
24 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
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course unit
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Learning objectives

Give to students basic knowldege regarding major parasites and related diseases. Particular attention is given to farm animals and food safety.


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Course unit content

Introduction to parasitology: direct life cycle, indirect life cycle, definitive host, intermediate host, paratenic host. Epidemiology of parasitic infections.
Classification, morphology and physiology of following group of parasites: 1)Nematoda, 2)Trematoda, 3) Cestoda, 4) Protozoa 5) Arthropoda
Parasitic Diseases of major interest for animal production and food safety (zoonosis):
- Liver flukes
- Cryptosporidiosis
- Hydatidosis
- Toxoplasmosis
- Trichinellosis

Practical classes are dedicated to identification of major helminths, plus common laboratory methods of collection/preservation of biological samples, associated to parasitic elements microscopic identification.

Full programme

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Taylor M.A. – Coop B. - Wall R. Veterinary Parasitology, Blackwell ed.

Teaching methods

Projection of slides/wet labs

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral examination

Other information

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