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TECH160-1009 : Large Animal Parasitology

Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA

October 28-December 4, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

Internal and external parasites have important significance in veterinary medicine. In farm animals they may have devastating economic effects including causing serious illness and even death in animals. Familiarity with the various parasites that affect large animals and an understanding of how they are transmitted is important to the implementation of a good control program. Knowledge of the various testing methods available for diagnosing parasites and being able to perform those tests accurately and reliably is essential for those involved in diagnostic testing. Veterinary technicians and assistants can help clients understand potential parasite events, how they affect the animals and can assist clients in keeping animal parasite loads under control. This course will cover parasitology as it affects horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.

The course will be presented in four (4) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. Ms. Shopsowitz has taught several courses online for VSPN CE and adds this essential component for all veterinary staff in proper collection, sample handling, and diagnostic testing specific to an equine practice.

Upon completion of this course, participants should

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course. A list of recommended resources will be supplied in the course library.


Week 1: Endoparasites
Content: We will look at the different types of endoparasites that can potentially affect large animals. We will review representative life cycles with the intent of increasing the students' understanding of how parasites are transmitted in order to enhance their ability to comprehend and communicate effective control programs

Week 2: Ectoparasites
Content: We will look at the various types of ectoparasites that may affect large animals. We will include in our study mites, ticks, lice and various species of winged insects

Week 3: Pathology of disease as it relates to endo- and ectoparasites
Content: Disease conditions related to parasite infestations - both ecto and endoparasites will be considered. Colic in horses, warbles in cattle as well as serious diseases such as West Nile disease are examples of pathologies to be covered

Week 4: Laboratory diagnostics
Content: Testing for parasites. Fecal examinations for endoparasites, skin scrapings and visual identification of ecto and endoparasites will be included. Implementing a control program including deworming and management procedures will be discussed.

LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before October 14, 2009).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.

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