B L Penzhorn South Africa Topic: Teaching Veterinary Parasitology in South Africa – A Look at the Past, a Vision for the Future
After 8 years as researcher with South African National Parks, Banie Penzhorn joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, where he lectured on protozoal diseases. He retired in 2011 after a 31-year academic career, but is still a part-time senior research fellow at the Faculty and research associate at the National Zoological Gardens. He has published 150 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has supervised 13 PhD and 29 MSc candidates. He serves as examination officer for the South African Veterinary Council and external examiner for the Namibian Veterinary Council.
Mark Fox United Kingdom Topic: Veterinary Parasitology Teaching at London – Meeting the Needs of Our New Graduates
Mark graduated from The Royal Veterinary College and spent a period in small animal practice before returning to study for a PhD, spending part of his time working in the Department of Dairy Science (University of Wisconsin). He has over thirty years' experience of teaching and research in the veterinary parasitology field and collaborated with colleagues in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia in addition to the UK. His research interests initially focused on the pathogenesis of gastro-intestinal nematode parasitism in ruminants though later broadened to include the epidemiology of parasite infections in both domestic and wild animals.
Xing-Quan Zhu China Topic: Veterinary parasitology teaching in China in the 21st Century: Challenges, opportunities and perspectives
Xing-Quan Zhu obtained his BVSc degree from the Sichuan Institute of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, MVSc degree from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and PhD in Parasitology from the Department of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia. His is Head and Professor at the Department of Parasitology, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China. His research interests have focused on the genetics, genomics and functional genomics of parasites. He is serving as a Subject Editor for the journal Parasites & Vectors, and on the editorial board for several international parasitology journals. He has published more than 300 papers in well-regarded international journals.
Peter-Henning Clausen Germany Topic: Established and novel approaches in veterinary parasitology education in Berlin
Peter-Henning Clausen is a Professor of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Freie Universitaet (FU) Berlin Germany, where he currently heads the tropical veterinary medicine unit. His broad experience in veterinary parasitology and preventive veterinary medicine is exemplified by over 35 years of work on a variety of emerging and vector borne diseases in different epidemiological settings in Europe and Africa. He presently scientifically co-ordinates various overseas development and research projects and has recently convened the first Joint AITVM-STVM international conference in Berlin. He continues to be involved in graduate student supervision and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Christina Strube Germany Topic: Simple, but not easy: Opportunities and Challenges from a Teacher's and Student's Perspective in 21st Century Veterinary Parasitology Teaching
Christina Strube, Dr. med. vet., PhD, graduated in veterinary medicine in 2000. She is full Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany), teaching parasitology to veterinary as well as biology students. In addition, more than two dozens of PhD students were supervised by her. She was recipient of a PhD grant by the Karl-Enigk-Foundation and received three national awards in the field of veterinary medicine for her excellent research work. Her main research areas include zoonotic helminths, tick-borne diseases and epidemiology of parasitic infections in pets, livestock and wildlife.
Hubertus Hertzberg Switzerland Topic: Re-Orientation of Helminth Control in Adult Horses in Switzerland
Hubertus Hertzberg is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His major research interests are the epidemiology and control of gastrointestinal helminths in ruminants and horses. His teaching responsibilities within the veterinary curriculum cover all aspects of pasture-borne parasitoses. Hubertus Hertzberg is also responsible for a regional parasite-monitoring program for horses, organized by a private clinic. The experiences from this program are of great value for practice-based teaching in equine parasitology.
Dwight D. Bowman
Dwight D. Bowman United States Topic: Unsticking from Time to Create a Parasitologic Amalgamation
Dr. Bowman joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1987, and is currently a Full Professor in Parasitology. He teaches courses in the veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate curricula of the University. His academic careers has included graduation with honors in Biology from Hiram, College in Hiram, OH, in 1974, MS and PHD degrees in parasitology from Tulane University in New Orleans, in 1976 and 1983, and a postdoctoral scientist/lecturer at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin Madison from 1984-1987.
In 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. In 2009, he was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York. In 2009, he was also awarded Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine's first Community Service Award, and a recipient in 2010 of the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning. He is an honorary Diplomate in the Parasitology section of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He is a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and was a founding member and past president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Yannick Caron Belgium Topic: Overcome monotony thanks to diversity: for efficient and motivating veterinary parasitology practicals
Graduated as a vet in 2004 (Liège, Belgium), I've worked during twelve years in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Liège as an assistant in Veterinary Parasitology. As an assistant, I have had teaching and research activities in the field of Veterinary Parasitology. Since my teaching activities were important (300 hours / 500 students per year) I applied and passed a Master in University Pedagogy and Higher Education. The motivation of student during parasitology practicals was my main concern. The subject of my thesis was about the intermediate hosts (Lymnaeidae) of Fasciola hepatica in Belgium and in Ecuador. I've passed the examination of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (EVPC) and this involved the publication of numerous clinical research papers on different veterinary parasites (Thelazia callipaeda, Parafilaria bovicola, Angiostrongylus vasorum and Besnoitia bennetti for example). I am a member of the Examinaition committee of the EVPC and this implies the set-up of examination for new residents each year. I am also involved in continuing education for veterinary practitioners and particularly on the parasitic control strategy in horse and cattle. Right now, I am working in Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) as a post-doc.
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