Course code Vete3036

Credit points 3

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.

Anna Krūklīte

Mg. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Biol1019, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology I

Biol1020, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology II

Biol1021, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology III

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

Parasitology parasitic diseases is a subject that gives knowledge to veterinary students of the place of animal parasites in the zoological system, their morphology, biology, way of life relationship with the host organism and environment, as well as animal parasitic diseases caused by them. Causes and spread regularity of these diseases, pathogenesis, clinical signs and pathological changes, diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis are explained.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: students have to understand relationship between human, animal and parasites into ecosystem – 4 colloquiums.
Skills: students have to be able to find an explanation of parasitofauna evaluation; analyze and discuss about the prevalence of the parasitic disease, diagnostic methods of parasitic agents;
to diagnose the disease agents, to determine the treatment and prevention – practicals.
Competence: according to acquired knowledge and skills analyze and explain the harmful effects of parasitic protozoa, worms and arthropods on host animals - bovine, ovine, caprine, equid, pigs, dogs, cats, and other animals – practical and self stady.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction in parasitology (tasks of parasitology, history, parasite general description, methodology) – 6 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
1. colloquium - tasks of parasitology.
2. Invasion diseases, caused by insects – 6 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
2. colloquium – Diseases, caused by insects
Invasion diseases, caused by ticks – 6 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
3. colloquium – Diseases, caused by ticks.
3. Invasion diseases, caused by protozoa – 6 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
4. colloquium – Diseases, caused by protozoa.

Requirements for awarding credit points

To get the final grade of the study course “passed”, all colloquium must be evaluated with a successful grade.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Student start to collect samples and summarize literature for Clinical and Epidemiological Case Analysis (KEGA) work is study on a single animal disease, in which the student should study in-depth analysis of the literature. The work consists of the following chapters: etiology of the disease; pathogenesis of disease; morphology of the disease; diagnostic methods, prevention of disease; list of used literature. At least one book in English or German and at least 4 scientific publications must be used in the work. Volume at least 10 pages.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical work.
Student is not allowed to participate in the test, if student have not courses assessment from Anatomy of the domestic animals I, II, III (Vete2013, Vete2014, Vete2015), Physiology I, II (Vete6022, Vete6023).
Study course tests are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.

Compulsory reading

1. Taylor M.A., Coop R.L., Wall R.L. Veterinary parasitology. 4th edition. Blackwell publishing, 2016. 1006 p.
2. Heinz M. Animal parasites. Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention. Springer International Publishing, 2016. 719 p.
3. Bowman D. Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians. 10th Edition. Saunders, 2013. 496 p.
4. Keidāns P., Krūklīte A. Mājdzīvnieku parazitāro slimību diagnostika. Jelgava: LLU izdevniecība, 2008. 136 lpp.

Further reading

1. Lehrbuch der Parasitologiefur die Tiermedizin. J.Eckert, K.Friedhoff et al. MVS Medizinverlage Stuttgart GmbH&Co. KG, 2005. 575 S.
2. Zajac A.M., Conboy G.A. Veterinary clinical parasitology. 8th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 368 p.
3. Hendrix C.M., Robinson E. Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians. 3rd edition. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby/ElsevierMosby, 2006. 285 p.
4. Mullen G.R., Durden L.A. Medical and veterinary entomology. 3rd edition. Amsterdam: AcademicAcademic Press Inc., 2018. 792 p.
5. Wall R., Shearer D. Veterinary ectoparasites: Biology, Pathology and Control. 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2001. 304 p.
6. Plumb D.C. Plumb`s Veterinary Drug Handbook. 9th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. 1456 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Veterinary Parasitology. ISSN 0304-4017
2.Parasites & Vectors. ISSN 1756-3305
3.Acta Parasitologica. ISSN 1896-1851


Compulsory course of study program Veterinary medicine.