Wildlife Parasitosis

Course unit title:

Wildlife Parasitosis

Degree in:

Master Course in Wildlife Management, Conservation and Control (WMCC)







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Learning outcomes of the course unit:

The main objective of the course is to provide, by means of oral lectures and practical activities, an overview on protozoan and helminthic and infections transmitted by oral-faecal route and vector-borne diseases in wild animals, including zoonoses and veterinary public health aspects.

The courses will focus on the biology, epidemiology, host-parasite relationship, interactions between wild and domestic animals. Emphasis will be placed on sampling and diagnosis with classical and advanced molecular parasitological techniques, as well as on most common method of monitoring and control of parasitosis. 

Course contents:

Oral lectures will be delivered in the following specific topics:

- Introduction to Parasitology in wildlife

- Protozoan infections in wildlife species

- Nematodes and Cestodes in wildlife

- Ectoparasites

- Vector-Borne diseases

- Sampling in wild animals

- Diagnostic techniques

- Advanced molecular techniques

- Monitoring and control plans


Hands-on training will be performed in Diagnostic and Molecular Laboratory, Sampling and Monitoring plans.

Recommended or require reading and course materials:

Students will study on teacher handouts and suggested review and publications

Books and videos will be also suggested during the course.


Mode of delivery:

Frontal lesson and practical training in groups

Teaching methods:

Video, Tutorials, exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria:

Students will be graded based on written exam. The exam will take place on the days immediately after the course and last a maximum of 2 hours.