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TECH168-1109 : Reptile Parasitology

Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT

November 9-December 1, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Saturday evenings, November 14 and 21, 2009; 8:30pm-10:00pm ET (USA)

This course is designed to help the veterinary technician understand the basics of reptile parasite identification. The course will focus on the identification of parasites commonly seen in lizard, snake, and chelonian species as well as consideration of non-pathogenic and commensurate parasites. Sample collection and preparation, staining techniques, and zoonosis will also be discussed. Students are encouraged to bring their own images of reptile parasites to post on the message board for discussion.

Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT has more than a decade of experience with various reptile species as well as exotic animal clinical pathology experience. She is a currently a trainer and consultant for a small animal and exotic practice and has been a speaker at various veterinary conferences. The course will have two (2) 90-minute online sessions covering parasite identification and sampling techniques, online quizzes, and suggested reading. All veterinary technicians and assistants interested in reptile parasitology are welcome to take this course. Space is limited so enroll early.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, a list of suggested references will be available in the course area library for all participants.


Week 1: Sample collection, preparation, and the protozoans.
Content: This session will include how to collect samples for parasitology exams including cloacal swabbing, fecal sampling, and stomach, cloacal, and tracheal/lung washes. We will also cover the basic staining techniques for identification of protozoan parasites. The primary focus of discussion for this week includes identification of protozoan parasites, including hemoparasites, of lizards, chelonians, and snakes.

Week 2: Nematodes, trematodes, cestodes, and ectoparasites.
Content: This session will cover identification of common nematodes, trematodes, cestodes, and ectoparasites of reptiles commonly seen in practice. In addition we will also cover non-pathogenic or commensal organisms commonly found in reptiles as well as common parasites found in prey items. We will briefly cover antiparasitics recommended for reptile species with a formulary provided in the library.

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.


$60 ($54 early bird special if registered before October 26, 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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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval of 3 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VSPN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).
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