Course code Vete3036

Credit points 4.50

Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases I

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes36

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation07.04.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developers

author Pārtikas un vides higiēnas institūts

Dace Keidāne

Dr. med. vet.

author lect.

Alīna Kļaviņa

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

Biol1021, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology III

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete6023, Physiology II

VeteB041, Pathology and Forensic Veterinary Medicine II

Replaced course

VeteB025 [GVETB025] Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases I

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to introduce the place of animal parasites in the zoological system, their morphology, biology, lifestyle, relations with the host's organism and the environment, as well as animal invasion diseases caused by them - development cycles, pathogenesis, clinical manifestation and pathological anatomical changes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of the interrelationships of humans, animals and parasites in the ecosystem. - four tests
Skill – to find an explanation in the evaluation of parasitofauna; analyze and discuss the spread of invasive diseases, diagnostic methods of parasites;
constantly diagnose disease agents, determine treatment and prevention - practical works.
Competence - to be able to analyze and explain the harmful effects of helminths and parasitic protozoa in host vertebrates - cows, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, dogs, cats, forest and other animals - practical works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction to parasitology (tasks of parasitology, history of development, general characteristics of parasitoids, methods) – 4h
2. Trematodes, invasive diseases caused by them 1st test Invasive diseases caused by trematodes – 12h
3. Cestodes, invasive diseases caused by them. 2nd test - Invasive diseases caused by cestodes - 15h
4. Nematodes, invasive diseases caused by them. 3rd test - Nematode-induced invasion disease - 35h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully passed four tests.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students should independently study the latest scientific articles on the relevant topic indicated by the teaching staff.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Students' skills are evaluated according to the order of the tasks assigned in the practical work.
Study course tests are evaluated according to the 10-point system scale criteria specified in the LBTU Study Regulations.

Compulsory reading

1. Taylor M.A., Coop R.L. Veterinary parasitology 4th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 1006 p.
2.Heinz M. Animal parasites. Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention. Springer, 2016. 719 p.
3.Bowman D. Georgis` Parasitology for Veterinarians 10th edition. Elsevier, 2014. 496 p.
4.Keidāns P., Krūklīte A. Mājdzīvnieku parazitāro slimību diagnostika. Jelgava, LLU izdevniecība, 2008. 136.lpp

Further reading

1. Eckert J., Friedhoff K. et al. Lehrbuch der Parasitologiefur die Tiermedizin. MVS Medizinverlage Stuttgart GmbH&Co.KG, 2005, 575 S.
2.Zajac A.M., Conboy G.A. Veterinary clinical parasitology 8th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012. 368 p.
3.Hendrix C.M., Robinson E. Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians 3rd edition. Mosby. 2006. 285 p.
4.Plumb D.C. Plumb`s Veterinary Drug Handbook 9th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 2018. 1456 p.
5.William Quick editor. Anthelmintics Clinical Pharmacology uses in veterinary medicine and efficacy. Veterinary Sciences and Medicine NOVA, 2014. 188 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Veterinary Parasitology, ISSN 0304-4017
2.Acta Parasitologica, ISSN 1896-1851
3.Journal of helminthology, ISSN 1475-2697
4.International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, ISSN 2213-2244


Compulsory course of second cycle professional higher education study programme Veterinary medicine