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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7080542, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PARASITOLOGY AND PARASITIC DISEASES 2 (MOD. B)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge MARIO PIETROBELLI VET/06
Other lecturers RUDI CASSINI VET/06

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/06 Parasitology and Parasitic Animal Diseases 5.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 3
Lecture 4.0 40 60.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 20/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: It is required the knowledge of general biology, with the most relevant evolutionary/genetic mechanisms differentiating the major animal groups of veterinary interest, and the basic evolutionary processes that generated the current diversity of Phyla. Basic knowledge concerning the structure and structural organization of animal organisms is also required.

Required foundation courses: Biology, Zoology, and Veterinary Histology
Target skills and knowledge: The student will gain basic concepts of parasitism as cause of economic losses and social injuries, the knowledge of macro/microscopic distinctive features and life cycle of the most important parasites in veterinary and public health.
Laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical aspects, diagnosis, therapy and control of the most important parasitic diseases of animals and zoonotic parasitic infections.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: Student evaluation will be conducted basing on the acquired knowledge and the ability to perform correct approaches concerning diagnosis and control of parasitic diseases.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Parasitic diseases of pet animals due to:
• Nematodes: ascaridosis, ancylostomosis, tricocefalosis, dirofilariosis, broncho-pulmonary infections
• Cestodes: dipylidiosis
• Protozoa: coccidiosis, giardiosis, leishmaniosis
• Ectoparasites: mange, pediculosis, pulicosis, tick infestations

The most important parasitic zoonoses:
cystic echinococcosi, trichinellosi, teniasis-cysticercosis, toxoplasmosis, criptosporidiosis, dermatofitosis, fish-borne parasitic diseases

Practical activity: Techniques useful for diagnosis of parasitic diseases (10 hours)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The Course involve:
• theoretical training (40 hours)
• practical activity (10 hours)

Further, the course involve the organization of practical training called Tirocinio, through which the student carries on practical activity (hands on) under the supervision of the teaching staff.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides are distributed in electronic format on the Moodle platform. Reading of “Open access” articles and the following websites are also suggested:
- DPDx:
- CDC:
- WHO:
- FDA:
- EPICEntro:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ambrosi M., Parassitologia Zootecnica. Bologna: Edagricole, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pampiglione S., Canestri Trotti G.,, Guida allo Studio della Parassitologia. Bologna: Esculapio, 1990. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Casarosa L., Parassitologia degli Animali Domestici. Milano: Ambrosiana, 1985. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Taylor M.A., Coop R.L., Wall R.L., Parassitologia e Malattie Parassitarie degli animali. Roma: EMSI, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Urquhart M., Armour J., Duncan J.L., Dunn A.M., Jennings F.W., Parassitologia Veterinaria. Torino: UTET, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cancrini G., Parassitologia medica illustrata. Lombardo editore: Roma, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Genchi M., Traldi G., Genchi C., Manuale di parassitologia veterinaria. Milano: Casa editrice Ambrosiana, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • AA.VV., Parassiti d’Italia. Mappe Parassitologiche. Napoli: Giuseppe Cringoli, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Puccini V., Tarsitano E., Parassitologia urbana. Bologna: Edagricole, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • AA.VV., Linee guida per il trattamento ed il controllo dei parassiti degli animali da compagnia. Mappe parassitologiche. Napoli: Giuseppe Cringoli, 2015.
  • Donato Traversa, Luigi Venco, Parassitologia clinica del cane e del gatto. Milano: Le Point Veterinaire Italie, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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