Course: Field parasitology

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Course title Field parasitology
Course code KPA/482
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Fiala Ivan, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Kvičerová Jana, MVDr. Ph.D.
  • Ditrich Oleg, doc. RNDr. CSc.
  • Veselý Petr, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Votýpka Jan, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Erhart Jan
  • Loosová Gabriela, Ing.
Course content
Content of the course: The 5-days-course (Monday-Friday) takes place in June at the field station Lužnice (U Zahradníků 92, Lužnice). It is focused on basic methods of parasitological examination of invertebrates and vertebrates (fish, amphibians, birds, and small mammals), including the methods of collection of ticks (flagging), dipteran insects (various traps), and molluscs as intermediate hosts for trematodes. The above mentioned hosts are trapped in the field, and their parasitological examination is performed in the laboratory of the field station. Demonstrations of ecto- and endoparasites and basic methods of their fixation and identification are taught.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Monitoring, Demonstration, Laboratory, Excursion, Practical training, Group work
Learning outcomes
The objective of the course is to obtain knowledge on collecting hosts and their parasitological examination, identification of parasites and their fixation.
Knowledge on methods and techniques of field sampling of various host taxa. Knowledge on identification of the hosts. Knowledge on basic principles of sampling of ectoparasites and endoparasites. Knowledge on basic parasitological diagnostics (dissection, laboratory examination of various tissue samples, microscopy) including the most common methods of detection, therapy, and prevention.
The course is suitable for the Bachelor, Master and PhD students who are interested in parasitology and in use of parasitological techniques in the field and in practice. It is a special course of the Parasitology study programme, however, it may be suitable also for students of other study programmes (Medical Biology, Zoology) or even for students from other faculties (e.g. Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences). The course requires basic knowledge on zoology, parasitology, and general taxonomy of organisms ("Tree of Life"). Students are informed about the necessary equipment (boots, raincoats, old clothes) and about the conditions at the field station (lodging, meals) in advance before the course starts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Successful passing of the course requires: 1. The attendance of all field studies and laboratory work during the whole course (i.e. from Monday to Friday). 2. Successful passing of the credit that is composed of questions on information gained during the course - the credit is realized as a test followed by a discussion on the last day of the course (Friday).
Recommended literature
  • Odborná literatura v rámci jednotlivých skupin parazitů, např. Ergens a Lom (1970)..
  • Anděra, Horáček. Poznáváme naše savce. Sobotáles, Praha, 2005.
  • Ash, Orihel. Atlas of Human Parasitology. ASCP Press, Chicago, USA, 1990.
  • Dungel, Šebela. Savci střední Evropy. Jota, Brno, 1993.
  • Jurášek, Dubinský a kol. Veterinárna parazitológia. Príroda a.s., 1993.
  • Levine and Ivens. The Coccidian Parasites of Rodents. CRC Press, Inc., 1990.
  • Pellérdy. Coccidia and Coccidiosis. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary, 1974.
  • Thienpont, Rochette, Vanparijs. Diagnosing Helminthiasis through Coprological Examination. Janssen Research Foundation, Beerse, Belgium, 1979.
  • Volf, Horák a kol. Paraziti a jejich biologie. Triton, 2007.
  • Zajac and Conboy. Veterinary Clinical Parasitology. Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Study plans that include the course
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