Studying infectious diseases can be hard and very time consuming work!

Every veterinary student has to learn subjects such as bacteriology, virology, pathology and parasitology. These subjects involve memorizing large numbers of latin names, complex life-cycles and infection patterns which cause confusion and frustration amongst the students. Unfortunately, the detailed knowledge of infectious pathogens plays a major role in veterinary medicine, not only to pass the final exam but in particular for a later career as a good veterinary practitioner. Knowing the "who-is who" of pathogens is important for making a correct diagnosis and influences the success of any veterinary control effort.

Often students get overwhelmed by the amount of material to study and seem to have problems to differentiate between different but similar pathogens. Trying to learn  the details of individual diseases in a one-by-one fashion is virtually impossible and often brings students close  to their nervous break down. The key to success lies in being able to generalize the details of pathogens which are similar  e.g., in their life-cycle or pathogenesis and to clearly differentiate those from others that differ in the same attributes.

An important aid for the study of veterinary subjects is  to prepare own study notes which include overviews, tables, mind-maps, pictures etc. for the diseases/pathogens of interest. This will help you to stay organized, significantly helps the understanding and will reduce the amount of material which has to be memorized by heart.

The aim of this page is to provide undergraduate veterinary students with strategies for learning infectious diseases, to give examples for the subject of parasitology (currently only nematodes), to assist the understanding of parasite taxonomy, biology, pathogenesis and epidemiology and to hopefully give inspiration to some students.

Tridontophorus  sp. in copulation.

The material presented on this page is strongly condensed in order to facilitate the basic understanding of veterinary helminthology. In most cases it will not be enough to pass any exam and will not save you from going to your lectures!

Most of the images that can be seen on this page are either prepared by myself and/or other postgraduate students or were teaching slides from the Department of Parasitology at the University of Melbourne. Greatest thanks to Professor Ian Beveridge for his support and time to review the prepared material. The possibility to use the camera linked to a microscope and the slides is gratefully acknowledged.

Florian Röber

Feel free to download the tables and figures found at the bottom of each page!

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