Veterinary Parasitology A

Subject VETS20006 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures or seminars, 33 hours of practical work and tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 75 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement

and information about Students Experiencing Disability


Prof Ian Beveridge

Subject Overview:

Topics include: Arthropods and strongylid nematodes.


At the end of the sequence Veterinary Parasitology A and Veterinary Parasitology B students completing these subjects should:

  • possess a detailed understanding of the biology of various groups of parasites of domestic animals; possess the essential information on life-cycle of parasites of domestic animals, methods of transmission, epidemiology, mechanisms by which they cause disease, and the immunological response of the host;
  • possess skills in the techniques by which parasites are recovered from infected hosts;
  • be able to identify the principal parasites of animals on the basis of morphology and location in the host and assign them to genera or species;
  • be familiar with the concepts of symbiosis and parasitism and principles of pathogenicity of parasitic infections;
  • be familiar with the mode of action of anti-parasitic drugs, their spectrum of activity and their use in control of parasitic infections;
  • be aware of the public health significance of parasitic zoonoses;
  • understand how detailed knowledge of biology of parasites identifies options for programs of prevention and control of parasitic infections; and develop further skills in microscopy.

One 2-hour practical examination at the end of semester (85%), one half-hour mid-semester quiz (15%) and indicated in the teaching timetable available at the commencement of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the end of the sequence Veterinary Parasitology A and Veterinary Parasitology B students completing these subjects should have:

  • skills in observation and the critical analysis of data; and

  • skills to apply technology to the analysis of biological problems.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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