Parasitology and parasitic diseases

Parasitology and parasitic diseases of animals are in the VET/06 field. This branch is related to animal parasitic diseases. The research concerns livestock, pets and wildlife species, but also investigates parasitic zoonoses.

Research fields

Livestock antiparasitic drugs management
This research area concerns parasitic populations that resist commercially available drugs. It also promotes the rational use of antiparasitic molecules in specific monitoring programmes and managing antiparasitic drugs for the control of endo and ecto parasites, which have such a significant impact on animal production.

Parasitic diseases spread by vectors
The purpose of this is to research the presence and the distribution of vectors and parasitic diseases connected to these. Collaborations with local institutions and frameworks allow the group to gather information about epidemiological conditions, execute efficient supervision plans and create a stable and reliable communication network between the stakeholders involved.

Diseases of wild and aquatic animals
Terrestrial and aquatic wild animals are an important symbol of biodiversity as indicators of the health of the surrounding environment.This branch studies the presence and spread of parasitic and zoonotic diseases in wild animals, some of which could be a problem for safeguarding and preserving of both wild animals and those in a controlled environment.

Epidemiology and supervision of parasitic zoonoses
Local parasitic zoonoses are an important research interest area at MAPS. The epidemiological situation of these is constantly followed and described for the continual provision of a clear context. Working with national and international institutions is essential for the development of new and cross-disciplinary approaches for the supervision and control of parasitic zoonoses.