VTEC 1201: Veterinary Parasitology


In this course, students develop a practical understanding of the principles and techniques used to identify internal and external parasites of common household pets and farm animals. Students gain instruction in the aid of further parasitic treatment, husbandry and client education.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and describe the lifecycles of the common parasites of domestic animals and the importance in control and treatment.
  2. Recall and perform the appropriate recovery techniques for identification of parasites.
  3. Identify and name common parasites in domestic animals.
  4. Articulate various and appropriate treatment and control options available for common parasites.
  5. Identify and explain the zoonotic potential associated with common parasites.
  6. Discuss common parasites and their control and treatment with clients.

Course topics

Module 1: Introduction to Parasitology and Microscopy

Module 2: Introduction Continued and Recovery Techniques

Module 3: Nematodes (Canine and Feline Endoparasites)

Module 4: Nematodes continued (Centrifugation Flotation)

Module 5: Nematodes continued (Cellophane Tape Method for Pinworms)

Module 6: Cestodes

Module 7: Trematodes

Module 8: Protozoans

Module 9: Blood Parasites

Module 10: Ectoparasites (Fleas, Lice, and Flies)

Module 11: Ectoparasites Continued (Ticks and Mites)

Module 12: Internal Antiparasitics

Module 13: External Antiparasitics

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Hendrix, C. M. (2017). Diagnostic parasitology for veterinary technicians (5th ed.). Elsevier.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN 9780323389822

Additional requirements

Students will also need the following:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • A video recording device


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact exams@tru.ca with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

The following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.

Assignment 1: Recovery Chart – Fecal Examinations 15%
Quiz 1: Microscope and Introduction to Parasitology 5%
Quiz 2: Nematodes 5%
Assignment 2: Centrifugation Flotation Video 5%
Quiz 3: Tichuroidea, Oxyuroidea, and Filarioidea 5%
Assignment 3: Parasitology Brochure/Client Education 10%
Quiz 4: Blood Parasite 5%
Assignment 4: Ectoparasite Collection and Preparation 5%
Quiz 5: Ectoparasites 5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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