The Veterinary Parasitology Group (VPG) provides parasitological instruction, mentoring, diagnostics, consultation, and original discovery for veterinary students; veterinary clients; professional colleagues; industry and commodity groups; state, regional, national agencies, and international agencies. The Veterinary Parasitology Group, consisting of 3 faculty members, directly provides the Population Health and Pathobiology (PHP) department with a broad range of coverage needed for teaching, service, and research regarding helminth, protozoan, and arthropod parasites for the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.
The VPG provides direct instruction to the professional veterinary students through a 2nd year course, Veterinary Parasitology course (VMM 932); to 4th year veterinary professional students through a clinical rotation course, Clinical Pathology, Parasitology and Immunology (VMM 978); and graduate students through a graduate course, Immunoparasitology (IMM 755). The parasitology group also provides instructions through a variety of 1-week selectives.
The VPG also provides a variety of mentoring opportunities to the veterinary students and graduate students. Mentoring opportunities include summer research projects, experiences in parasitology service laboratories, experiences in parasitology research laboratories. Graduate students are directed in parasitological studies and research on immunoparasitology, molecular evolution, and pathobiology of helminth parasites.
The VPG provides diagnostic and consultative services. The Tick-borne Disease Diagnostic Laboratory provides diagnostics of disease such as Babesiosis, Haemobartinella, Ehrlichiosis, etc. to the CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital and to local and regional veterinarians. The VPG faculty also provides diagnostic and parasite identification services to the CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital, CVM Faculty and staff, state agencies and local veterinarians.
The VPG is involved in a variety of research efforts. These efforts range from projects supported by in-house CVM research funds to Regional, National, and International funding agencies.
Research efforts include:
- Discovery of novel fatty acid binding proteins from filarial nematodes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
- Pathology, diagnosis and ecology of digenetic trematode parasites of aquaculture.
- Pathogenesis, treatment, and control of the feline flagellate Tritrichomonas foetus.
- Pathogenesis and diagnosis of Babesiosis in dogs.
- Studies of helminth parasites of various wildlife hosts.
- Anthelmintic resistant in equine strongyles.