Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Fabrizia Veronesi
  • Fabrizia Veronesi
  • 52 ore - Fabrizia Veronesi
Course Regulation
Coorte 2018
Learning activities
Discipline delle malattie infettive ed infestive
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The program includes an introductive part in which the general aspects of parasitic diseases e.g. pest-host and environment interactions, environmental and management factors that determine the outset of parasitic diseases, evaluation and predictive elements for parasitic diseases, productive damages, zoonotic aspects and socio-economic importance of parasitic diseases, are treated. Then the systematic part including
protozoans, mycetes, helminthes, arthropods, with particular importance for those having a public health concerns for human beings are discussed.
For each parasitic group, the following aspects are treated: morpho- biology, immunological interactions between parasite and host, pathogenesis and clinical signs, diagnosis and control (therapy and prophylaxis).
There are also discussed issues of application interest such as resistance of anthelminthes drugs, development of vaccines, variation of epidemiological circuits of parasitic diseases due to climate- environmental and socio-economic changes.
Reference texts
Learning materials detectable and downloadable from the "Unistudium" platform (link "https://www.unistudium.unipg.it/unistudium/login/index.php)
and delivered during frontal lessons as presentations
Suggested Texts:
Taylor M. A., Coop R. L., Wall R. L.: Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie degli animali. I Ed. Italiana, 2010, EMSI Roma;
Piergili Fioretti D., Moretti A. : Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie in Medicina Veterinaria. 2019, Buponline Bologna;
Genchi M., traldi G., Genchi C.: Manuale di Parassitologia Veterinaria. 2010, Ambrosiana Milano.
Educational objectives
The student will acquire the basic knowledge related to pathogenetic mechanisms, clinical aspects, anatomopathological alterations, diagnostic approaches in field and under laboratory conditions, as well as the control and / or prevention plans of the most impacting parasitic diseases in Veterinary Medicine and in Public Health.
At the end of the course the student will have the ability to make a parasitological diagnosis through the most appropriate laboratory techniques; will be able to advise treatment schemes and implement measures to prevent and control parasitic diseases, both individually and collectively, based on biological pest development times and on the parasitic pressure to which animals are subjected.
At the end of the course the student will be able to manage a parasitosis by deciding which diagnostic techniques to use and by correctly interpreting the results obtained, he will also be able to perform a correct evaluation of the host / parasite / environment relationship in order to control and preventing the spread and consequences of a parasitic disease on the animal population in the first place, but also on the human one.
At the end of the course the student must be able to demonstrate language and argumentation properties around problems of a parasitic nature, as well as the ability to use terminology that is sufficiently appropriate for a correct approach to the profession, which is also important for job interviews.
The skills acquired with the teaching module of Parasitic Diseases of Domestic Animals will allow the student to participate in the following years in practical training activities both in the Parasitology (see pre-training of Parasitology) and in the clinical one and to be ready to to deal with diagnostic procedures related to parasitic diseases also in external structures.

Teaching methods
Theory: detailed lessons the parasitic diseases included in the program; the lesson will be attended in a class of the teaching building of the Vet School
Practice: didactic laboratories for the acquisition of the main diagnostic techniques to be applied during suspected parasitic disease; the practical activities will attended in the multidisciplinary laboratories of the old buiding of the vet School
Self-directed learning activities: preparation and presentation of a short lesson on a parasitic disease not explained during the frontal lesson that the students will choice based on their interest and led by the teacher. This activity will be carried out by numerically homogeneous groups of students.
Other information

Learning verification modality

Extended program
-Pathogenetic, clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic-prophylactic aspects of the following parasitic diseases:
- Hepatic and gastrointestinal flukes of ruminants (1.5 h)
- Dog and cat methacestodosis and cestodoses (1.5 h)
-Cestodoses and metacestodosis of ruminants and equidae (1.5 h) -Ascarid diseases of dog, cat, horse and pig (1.5 h)
-Trichuriases and capillarioses of dog and cat (1.5 h)
-Ancylostomiases of carnivorous (1/2 h)
-Gastrointestinal strongyles of ruminants and horse (1.5 h)
- Bronchopulmonary strongyles of carnivorous and ruminants (1.5 h) -Spiruriasis of stomach and eyes of horse and dog (0.5 h) Cardiopulmonary and subcutaneous dirofilariosis (1 h)
- Canine and feline leishmaniasis (3 h)
-Giardiosis of animal and ruminant animals (1.5 h)
- Cat and Bovine Tritrichomonosis (1.5 h)
-Coccidiosis of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores (1.5h) -Cryptosporidiosis of ruminants and reptiles (1.5h)
- Dog, bovine and horsepower (1.5 h)
-Toxoplasmosis (2 h)
-Besnoitiosis of the cattle and donkey (1/2 h)
-Morbo Coitale Maligno (1/2 h)
-Rabbit Encephalitozoonosis (1/2 h)
-Babesia, theileriosis, cytauxzoonosis and hepatozoonosis (2 h)
-Nasofrontal oestroses of ruminants and horses, Ipodermosis, Gasterophilosis, traumatic miasis (2 h)
- Deep and superficial manges of domestic mammals, pulicoses and pediculosis (2 h)
-Dermatofitoses of dog, cat, bovine, horse, rodents and lagomorphs (1,5 h)
-Malassezia infections in the dog (1/2 h)
- Cryptococcoses of dogs and cats (1/2 h)
-Aspergillosis of dog, horse, bovine (1/2 h)
-Genesis and diffusion of the phenomenon of resistence drug in equine and small ruminants (1/2 h)
- Parasitic vaccine prospects (1/2 h)
-Application of immunodiagnosis techniques associated to diagnosis of parasitic diseases (2 h)
-Application of direct and indirect diagnostic tests diagnosis of feline and canine leishmaniasis (2 h)
-Application of qualitative and quantitative coprodiagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of the major intestinal parasites (2 h)
- Application of copro-antigen and colturing search methods to diagnose
Teaching methods
Extended program
protozoan diseases such as giardiosis, cryptosporidiosis, trichomonosis (2 h)
-Application of direct and indirect diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary filariosis of canine and feline and angiostrongilosis (2 h) - Application of coprodiagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases of the respiratory tract (2 h)
- Application of techniques for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases caused by ectoparasites (2 h)
-Application of techniques for the diagnosis of mycotic diseases (2 h)
-short oral lessons of n. 2 parasitic diseases of protozoans (20 min)
-short oral lessons of n. 2 parasitic diseases caused by helminthes (20 min)
-short oral lessons of n. 2 parasitic diseases caused by ectoparasites (20 min)
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