Course code Vete4115

Credit points 4.50

Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases II

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes30

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 Anita 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

Vete4036, General Pathology I

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Replaced course

VeteB026 [GVETB026] Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases 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 – 3 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 – CECA work .

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Invasion diseases, caused by Trematodes – 9 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
1.colloquium Diseases, caused by Trematodes.
2. Invasion diseases, caused by Cestodes – 9 h lectures and 9 h practical works.
2. colloquium – Diseases, caused by Cestodes.
3. Invasion diseases, caused by Nematodes – 12 h lectures and 12 h practical works.
3. colloquium – Diseases, caused by Nematodes.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed three colloquiums, one clinical and epidemiological case analysis work (KEGA) and successfully passed final examination. To pass examination, students should get at least 70% of max point amount.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

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; Disease diagnostics; Prevention of Disease, and 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 p. After submitting the written form of the paper, it should be presented orally with an illustrated PowerPoint presentation of 5 to 7 minutes, expressing the most relevant information on subject, answering questions and justifying the information provided. The work must be submitted and defended within the deadline set by the course supervisor.

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), General pathology I (Vete4036).
Study course tests and KEGA work are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.
To get the final grade of the study course "passed", all tests and KEGA work must be evaluated with a successful grade.

Compulsory reading

1. Taylor M.A., Coop R.L. Veterinary parasitology. 4th edition. Hoboken: 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. 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: 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.Plumb D.C. Plumb`s Veterinary Drug Handbook 9th edition. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 2018. 1456 p.
5.Anthelmintics Clinical Pharmacology uses in veterinary medicine and efficacy. W. Quick editor. 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 study programme Veterinary medicine.