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Principles of Infectious Disease II - Veterinary Parasitology (VET278)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit in applied parasitology introduces the concept of parasitism and the diversity of parasitic organisms. The life cycles and transmission patterns of the major parasites of domestic animals in Australia are described. The interaction between hosts and parasites, leading to the disease, is covered in detail, as is the treatment of parasitic disease and the development of integrated approaches to parasite control. Special attention is given to the diagnoses of parasitic disease in livestock and companion animals.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Identify to genus or species level, with the aid of taxonomic keys, all the major parasites that affect cats, dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry in Australia.
2. Describe, in general terms, the life cycles and transmission patterns of the important phyla of parasitic protozoa, classes of parasitic playtheminths, orders of parasitic nematodes and orders of parasitic arthropods.
3. Perform and interpret common diagnostic procedures in parasitology.
4. Communicate the results of these diagnostic procedures concisely and accurately.
5. Describe the mechanisms by which parasites cause disease or reduce productivity in companion animals and livestock .
6. Consistently formulate reasoned diagnoses of parasitic diseases from clinical signs and symptoms.
7. Develop treatment plans to improve the health, welfare and productivity of infected hosts.
8. Formulate cost-effective control programs for parasitic diseases, based on a knowledge of parasite biology and an understanding of the principles of integrated pest management.
9. Inform clients and the general public about the risks posed by zoonotic parasites.
10. Understand the role played by parasites in natural ecosystems, and decide when treatment and control programs for parasites are necessary and when they are counter-productive.

Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 3 hours per week; Laboratory session: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to study the content in three major themes with blended learning strategies involving a series of lectures, practical laboratory classes and self-directed learning tasks. This course has an applied focus since, from a practical point of view, the aims are to provide you with the necessary information to be able to diagnose and control parasitic infections of veterinary and zoonotic significance. This cannot be achieved without knowledge of a parasite's life cycle. Understanding the life cycles of parasites requires a detailed knowledge of parasite ecology. We are interested in ecological interactions in their broadest sense, from the environmental aspects to what happens when parasites are in their hosts (the 'host-parasite interface'). There is a huge diversity of parasites that are important to veterinary science, and these are found in two animal kingdoms and several phyla. Consequently, an appreciation of the taxonomic groupings that together comprise parasites of veterinary significance, is essential knowledge for a comprehensive course such as ours.
Assessment Practical quizzes (5%)
Mid-semester quiz (15%)
Final theory exam (40%)
Practical exam (35%)
Demonstration of core competencies in parasitological procedures (5%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; successful completion of all BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM Part I units, or accepted equivalents.
Enrolment in the BSc (Animal Health)
Previously 2015: 'Principles of Infectious Disease III - Veterinary Parasitology'; 2014: 'Veterinary Parasitology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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