Veterinary Parasitology is branch of science which deals with the study of parasites and parasitism including classification, habit and habitat, salient morphological characters of parasites to identify the species, life history including developmental stages of parasites, pathogenesis, different methods of diagnosis of disease produced by the parasites , treatment and control of domesticated animals and birds.
Sr. No. Name Duration
1 Dr. P.D. Deshpande 1987-1992
2 Dr. B.W. Narladkar 1992-1998
3 Dr. B.S. Khillare 1998-2004
4 Dr. G.P. Bharkad 2002-2009 5 Dr. Y.V. Raote 2009-2015
Major Activities of the Department:Importance of Veterinary Parasitology
•Parasitic diseases are known since time immemorial and yet many of the parasitic diseases have not been controlled and continue to evade and plaque mankind. Helminthic infections have been found in ancient Egyptian mummies ( 1210 – 1000 BC ). According to the famous ebers papyrus of 1550 BC at least four worm infections were recognized in ancient Egypt including Ascaris lumbricoides, Taenia saginata, Dracunculus medinesis (guinea worm) and Schistosoma haematobium Helminths were also were mentioned by Assyrian, Babylonian, and Greek physicians. Therefore, all of we should appreciate the fact that parasites have existed in this world for a long time and have become very successful in forging a good relationship with the host and discreetly utilize the relationship to their advantage and finally depriving the host of their nutrients.
•Parasitic diseases have their place in the history of the world and many wars were influenced by parasitic diseases. Alexander the Great could not continue his conquest of the world owing to malaria that killed many of his soldiers.
•In India gastrointestinal nematodiosis in sheep and goats is so common and continue cause havoc to the small ruminant industry. Calves and lambs if infected with great numbers of parasites such as liver flukes or Haemonchus or coccidia may succumb to the infection. Diseases such as theileriosis continue to cause mortality in cross bred cattle. Cattle, pigs, sheep and goats infected with parasites fail to gain weight and may not reproduce there by affecting the economy of the livestock enterprise. In our country, coccidiosis is so common in broiler poultry farms, if the farm management is poor, the farm can be easily destroyed by coccidiosis.
•In the case of pet animals, toxocariosis and ancylostomosis are so common that is rare to come across a dog that is free of these worms. Puppies infected with hookworms and Ascarids die of the infection and heart worm infection in dogs continues to be a great challenge to veterinarians in certain parts of the world.
•Cats infected with Toxoplasma gondii are a threat to other livestock and humans.
•Only in the near past, the genome of mosquitoes and Plasmodium was sequenced.
Department of Veterinary Parasitology is actively engaged in both Under Graduate and Post-Graduate Teaching, Research and Extension activities from its inception.
I.U.G. and P.G.Teaching
1.To know the important parasitic diseases prevalent in the Marathwada Region and to find out suitable control measures.
2.To provide diagnostic services to Field Veterinarians, Livestock Owners, Organized and Private Farms, etc.
The Department provides diagnostic services to the farmers, animal owners, field veterinarians and other agencies. Farmers visiting the department are given clear understanding of common parasitic infections.
•U.G. Laboratory with Museum.
Future plan :
The proposed research work on control of Ticks will be carried out.