Full Title:Parasitology
Module Code:VETS S7010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The student will understand the lifecycle of the common and/or significant parasites of domestic animals and their impact on the host. The student will be able to perform diagnostic parasitology laboratory techniques as well as design and implement effective parasite control strategies.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify common ectoparasites and endoparasites of domestic animals
  2. Collect and analyze samples for parasitology laboratory testing
  3. Describe the lifecycles of common and/or significant parasites of domestic animals
  4. Design, implement and evaluate parasite control programmes for domestic animals
  5. Identify zoonotic parasites and describe preventative measures necessary to be taken by clients and veterinary staff.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Small animal (canine & feline) ectoparasites
Class Insecta: Lice, Fleas, Flies; Class Arachnida: Mites, Ticks; Morphology, life cycles, diagnosis, control and treatment.
Small animal (canine and feline) endoparasites
Nematodes, Cestodes and Protozoan parasites. Morphology, life cycles, diagnosis, control and treatment.
Large animal (bovine, ovine and equine) ectoparasites
Lice, Flies, Mites etc. Morphology, life cycles, diagnosis, control and treatment.
Large animal (bovine, ovine and equine) endoparasites
Nematodes, Cestodes, Trematodes and Protozoa of clinical and economic importance. Morphology, life cycles, diagnosis, control and treatment.
Parasitic zoonoses
Implications for human health, Methods of prevention, Client advice.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Based on laboratory techniques with marks awarded for attendance, pre-practical preparation and post-practical written reports. Also one OSCE-style examination at the end of term (worth 2.5% of total mark) 1,2 35.00 0 0 Every Second Week 0
Project Each student chooses one anti-parasiticide and completes a project consisting of an A4 client advice sheet and an A4 RVN advice sheet regarding the product. 4 10.00 0 0 Week 10 0
Class Test Two class tests at 2% each 1,3,5 4.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Continuous Assessment The student is assigned a written assignment to perform four risk assessment profiles. 1,4 1.00 0 0 Week 6 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
If the student does not complete the practical training, they will have to repeat attend the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Based on prepared laboratory manual 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Directed Reading Using Moodle VLE resources 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hendrix, C and Robinson, E. 2006, Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed., Mosby, Elsevier Missouri 63146 [ISBN: 978-0-323-03614-6]
  • Hendrix, C. and Sirois, M. 2007, Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 5th Ed., 6,7, Elsevier Canada [ISBN: 9780323045728]
  • Zajac, A. & Conboy, G. 2012, Veterinary Clinical Parasitology, 8th Ed., Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 9780813820538]
  • Fisher, M. and McGarry, J. 2006, Focus on Small Animal Parasitology, Bayer Healthcare AG, Animal Health Division Germany [ISBN: 3-00-018617-4]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Foreyt, B. 2001, Veterinary Parasitology reference manual, 5th Ed. [ISBN: 9780813824192]
  • Shapiro, L. 2010, Pathology and Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 9781435438552]
  • Taylor, M. et al. 2007, Veterinary Parasitology, Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 9781405119641]
  • Bassert, J. and McCurnin, D. (eds) 2010, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 7th Ed., 17, Saunders [ISBN: 9781416057000]
  • Kramer, F. and Mencke, N. 2001, Flea Biology and Control, Springer Germany [ISBN: 3-540-41776-1]
  • Rochette, F. 1999, Dog parasites and their control, 1st Ed., Janssen animal health Belgium [ISBN: B0075W9MIW]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 3 Mandatory