Comprehensive diagnostic support for the detection of parasitic infections in companion, farm, captive-exotic and wild animals to improve animal health. We serve referring veterinarians, UTVMC specialists, and residents of Tennessee.
Services include detection and identification of parasites from animal feces, blood, tissues, and gross specimens. Diagnostic tests routinely performed in our lab include:
- Qualitative centrifugation flotation
- Quantitative fecal exams in herd animals
- Baermann technique for recovery of nematode larvae
- Heartworm(Canine and Feline)
- Knott’s test for microfilariae in blood
- Parasite identification – internal and external
- Toxoplasma modified agglutination technique (MAT)
- Tritrichomonas foetus – bovine and feline culture and PCR (We also provide surveillance testing for Tritrichomonas foetus in cattle in cooperation with state agencies ).
Expert instruction and continued development of relevant material to craft veterinarians proficiency in veterinary parasitology.
- Dedicated semester course for 1st year students (37 lectures and 7 practical labs)
- Parasitology specific case based labs for Alimentary, Cardiology and Multi-species courses
- Core rotations for 4th clinical year
- Provide material and presentations for CE
- Provide resources for graduates in practice
- Summer wet labs outreach for KidsU, 4H, Schooled for Success
Conducts and collaborates on research for the detection of parasitic infections in domestic and wild animals.
- Transmission dynamics of Toxoplasma gondii
- Investigation of parasitic nematodes (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis and Elaeophora schneideri) related to declining moose populations
- Environmental persistence and transmission of the avian parasite, Trichomonas gallinae
- Captive Macropod- Toxoplasmosis
- Channel Island Fox- Endoparasites
- Alaskan Elk and Wolf- Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum
- Lemur- Endo and Ectoparasites
- Goats- Gastrointestinal Nematodes
- Raccoon- Endoparasite Surveillance