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Department of Veterinary Parasitology

The Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary College, Shivamogga is well equipped with all facilities as per the recommendation of the Veterinary Council of India for the smooth conduct of theory and practical classes for the under graduate students. The Department offers courses like General Veterinary Parasitology and Heliminthology (VPA-211, 3+1), Veterinary Entomology and Acarology (VPA-221, 1+1), Veterinary Protozoology (VPA-222, 2+1) and Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosis (VLD-411) for B.V.Sc & A.H. students as per the guidelines of Veterinary Council India.

The Department of Parasitology is very well established in the college with well equipped laboratory facility for the analysis of samples and providing diagnostic services to the farmers and wildlife centres of in and around the district. Further, the Department is regularly carrying out research work in the area of Immunological and molecular diagnosis of parasitic diseases.   In the Department, a separate research laboratory has been established for staff members and post graduate students to carry out Immunological and molecular diagnosis of parasitic diseases of domestic animals. Presently, the facilities like Counter Immuno Electrophoresis (CIEP), Latex Agglutination test (LAT), Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate Poly Acrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Western blotting techniques are available in the Department for research work. The immunological techniques viz., CIEP, LAT, Indirect ELISA and SDS-PAGE have been standardized for diagnosis of Haemonchus contortus and Moniezia expansa infection in sheep. A research project funded by Retort pharmaceuticals entitled “In-vitro studies on the efficacy of Retorsor on ticks and lice of domestic animals completed in 2011, in the Department. Presently the Staff of the Department of Veterinary Parasitology is working with ICAR sponsored extramural research project and Government of Karnataka sponsored research project. The staff of the Department of Veterinary Parasitology also documented many parasites from wild felines, wild canids, wild birds, elephants, reptiles and wild ruminants.