Veterinary protozlogy

Course Specification


Program on which the course is given: Diploma of  applied parasitology 

Major or minor element of Programms:-- major

Dept offering the course: Department of Parasitology

Academic year / level: Diploma

Date of specification approval:


A- Basic information


Title:   Diploma of  applied parasitology                                  

Credit Hours:                Lectures: 1 hr/ week/term

Practical: 1hr/ week/term           Total:  2 hr/ week/ year


B- Professional information


  I- Overall aims of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course the post graduates should be able to:-

1- Identify different species of parasites (Helminthes, Arthropods and Protozoa), with good Knowledge about their Taxonomy & morphological characters.

2- Professionally understand Biology of parasites, Survival strategies of parasites, the means of spread of parasites and Behavioral ecology of different parasites.


2- Intended learning outcomes of the course (ILOs)

     a- Knowledge and Understanding:

a1- Identify the fundamental concepts of Parasitology and with the technical

       vocabulary used in this field.

            a2- Describe morphological, biological and geographical criteria of different   


a3-  Recognize the parasite-drug interaction.

a4- Explain parasite-host interaction (Immune inter-relations between parasite and the  host).

b- Intellectual skills

b1- Interpret common taxa of parasites based on morphological, biologic and geographical criteria and clinical observation.

b2- Assess the differentiation between the behavior and ecology of different parasite species and stages in the environment.

b3- Specify the factors responsible for differentiating between infection and disease caused by various parasites.

b4- Carry out a protection from infection with different zoonotic parasites.

b5- Carry out a protection to their society and environment from pollution with parasites.

c- Professional and practical skills

c1- Evaluate the ecology of different parasite.

c2- Write on the biology and life cycles of parasites.

c3- Carry out a diagnosis of different parasitic infection in different hosts.

c4- Measure the basic knowledge of the parasite-drug  interaction and parasite-

      host interaction.

c5- Solve the problems of  controlling for parasitic infection.

d- General and transferable skills

d1- Select rational control programs for parasite population.

d2- Continuous education and self learning.

d3- Update the knowledge.

d4- Protect the environment from pollution with parasites.



3- Contents




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*Parasitic Protozoa

*Introduction : structure and mechanism of performance of its vital functions.


Practical course:

- Ecology of Parasites and Parasitic infections

- Geographical distribution of Parasites and parasitic


- Collection of parasitic samples.

- common steps for preparation of permanent samples (mounting process)


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*Parasitic Protozoa

*Subphylum : Apicomplexa

  *Family: Eimeriidae

 Genus: Emeriia

 Genus: Isospora

 *Family: Cryptosporidiidae

Genus: Cryptosporidium

*Family: Sarcocystidae

Genus: Sarcocystis

Genus: Toxoplasma

Genus: Neospora

     Genus: Besonitia

*Family: Plasmodidiae

Genus: Plasmodium

Genus: Haemoproteus

Genus: Leucocytozoon

 *Family: Babesiidae

Genus: Babesia

Genus: Babesiosoma

 *Family: Theileriidae

Genus: Theileria

*Rickettsia infecting farm



  *Family: Trypanosomatidae

Genus: Trypanosoma

Genus: Lieshmania

*Family: Bodonidae

Genus: Cryptobia

Genus: Costia

*Family: Hexamitidae

 Genus: Giardia

 Genus: Hexamitta

 *Family: Trichomonadidae

 Genus: Tritrichomonus

 Genus: Trichomonus

 Genus: Tetratrichomonus

 *Family: Monocercomonadidae

 Genus: Histomonus

*Subphylum : Sarcodina

 *Family: Entamoebidae

Genus  : Entamoeba


*Subphylum : Ciliophora

Genus: Balantidium

Genus: Ichthyophthirnus

Genus: Trichodina

Genus: Chilodonella

*Subphylum : Myxospora

Genus: Myxobolus

Genus: Henneguya

*Subphylum : Microspora

Genus: Enphalitozoon

- Protozoa infecting each animal species

- Diagnosis of Protozoa infections

- Controle of Protozoa and parasitic infections

Practical course:

- Preparation of permanent mounts of Protozoa

(20 samples are required from each student at the end of the course)

Specimens on slides


Leishmania spp., promastigote form, coccidiane evansi, coccidiane cruzi, coccidiane lewisi, trypansoma conglense, trichominus foetus


Giardia labmlia vegetative form, Giardia labmlia encysted form, Entaombia coli vegetative form, Entaombia coli encysted form, Entaombia histylotica vegetative form, Entaombia histylotica encysted form


Eimeria spp. Schizont, Eimeria spp. Macrogametocyte, Eimeria spp. Microgametocyte, Eimeria spp. Oocyst.


Sarcocystis fusiformis cyst, toxoplasma gondi cyst, toxoplasma gondi trophozoite.


Plasmodium gallinaceum pre-erythrocytic stage, Plasmodium gallinaceum schizont, Plasmodium gallinaceum male & female gametocyte, haemoproteus male & female gametocyte,


Babesia bigemina, Babesia canis, Babesia equi, Theileria parva, balntidium coli trophozoite & encysted form.


Myxobolus spp., Trichodina spp., Chilodonella ,spp., Ichthyophithirius multifilis

Specimens in jars or box

Sarcocystis fusiformis cyst in jar

Liver of rabbit infected with coccidia

Intesin of birds infected with occidian

Cecae of birds infected with coccidia

Bird infected with occidian

Bird infected with trichomonas galinea

Bird infected with histomonas milleagrides




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