This course is intended to familiarize you with the essential facts and concepts of veterinary parasitology. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, pathogenesis and management of parasitic infections. The biology of parasites of major veterinary importance will be stressed to impart the understanding necessary for control of parasitism. Laboratories will be used primarily to teach the diagnostic methodologies necessary for the veterinary practitioner.
Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians, 6th Ed. (1994), by D. Bowman (referred to as Bowman/Georgi) is recommended for this course. This book is well illustrated, moderately priced and, although not intended as a comprehensive reference text, should serve as a valuable source of information on parasites of veterinary medical importance both during this course and in the future. Supplemental readings from Bowman/Georgi are given in your lecture outline and lab manual to complement information given in lecture and lab presentations. If some of you have Georgi and Georgi's 5th Edition (1990) of this same text, references for this edition also are indicated in the lecture outline and lab guide.
Three other general texts that should serve as valuable sources of information about animal parasites are Soulbey's Helminths, Arthropods and Protozoa of Domestic Animals (E.J.L. Soulsby; 7th Ed., 1982) and Entomology in Human and Animal Health by Harwood and James (7th Ed., 1979) and Veterinary Parasitology Reference Manual (W. J. Foreyt; 4th Ed., 1997). Foreyt's Manual is available for purchase as a recommended lab reference. Otherwise, all reference books are available at Steenbock Library or in the SVM reading room for your use.
Grading and Exams:
There will be two midterm exams (110 points each) and a final exam worth 140. Each exam will cover both lecture and lab material as indicated in the Lecture/ Lab Schedule. In addition, weekly quizzes/assignments totaling 40 points also will be assigned during the semester, giving a grand total of 400 points possible for the semester. Individual scores for all exams and assignments will be totaled and the letter grade for the course determined according to the following breakdown of points:
364 - 400 A
356 - 363 AB
324 - 355 B
316 - 323 BC
280 - 315 C
244 - 279 D
0 - 243 F