Evolving Parasite Risks - What you need to know about lungworm and ticks

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Please note: There are two sections to this webinar:-


An Evolving Parasite Problem - Lungworms of Dogs and Cats in the UK

Lungworms in dogs have caused increasing concern among vets and pet owners in the past decade. This presentation will review the epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis of lungworms in dogs, especially Angiostrongylus vasorum, and discuss factors giving rise to apparent geographic spread and increase in disease. Other lungworms of dogs, and new concerns around lungworms in cats, will also be considered. New and more classic tools for diagnosis should enable practitioners to develop evidence-based approaches in their practices, and remain flexible and responsive to future changes in epidemiology and options for control.

Presented By: Eric Morgan

Eric Morgan graduated in veterinary medicine and zoology from the University of Cambridge in 1997 and then completed a PhD in parasite ecology and epidemiology at the University of Warwick. He has been at the University of Bristol since 2002, and is currently Reader in Veterinary Parasitology. Research interests focus on the epidemiology of parasitic infections in domestic and wild animals: especially, using predictive modelling to integrate climate and host factors and devise sustainable control strategies. The emerging lungworm of dogs, Angiostrongylus vasorum, has been a major research focus for the past ten years, leading to more than 20 papers on its biology, transmission and epidemiology in definitive and intermediate hosts.


Assessing tick bite risk: understanding tick life cycles and seasonal abundance

To assess the likely risk from ticks and tick-borne pathogens, understanding the seasonal pattern of tick feeding and the environmental constraints that determine their activity is crucial. Tick abundance, weather, habitat suitability, host abundance (particularly deer) and exposure are all important to varying extents. However, disentangling the roles of each of these factors is difficult. In this talk, Richard will briefly outline the key factors that determine spatial and temporal patterns of tick abundance and, in relation to a study of ticks feeding on dogs in a semi-urban park, Richard will highlight the critical importance of exposure in determining tick-bite risk.

Presented By: Dr Richard Wall

Richard Wall is Professor of Zoology at the University of Bristol. He teaches entomology and parasitology to biology and veterinary undergraduates and postgraduates and heads a research group which works on a wide range of ectoparasites of veterinary importance, particularly ticks, flies, lice, mange mites and flies. His research ranges widely from fundamental studies of taxonomy and physiology, through to field population ecology and farm-level investigations of the application of sustainable control technologies.


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