ENY 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology

ENY 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology


Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology is a 3-credit class that presents current information on the pests that have and continue to plague humans and animals. This course will explore the arthropods of importance in human health and those that impact livestock production, companion animals and wildlife through direct attack and disease transmission. It will include information on their biology, ecology, potential for disease transmission and management. Students will learn to identify the common pests and the principles of epidemiology and pest management. The factors involved in the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, host, parasite, vector and reservoir, will be stressed, as this is the recurrent theme in medical entomology. Students will be encouraged to share their own experiences throughout the course.

Course Format

Location: Online

Course Goals

  • Define and compare the primary vectors of medical entomology.
  • Identify the major pests of veterinary entomology and provide pest management solutions.
  • Explain the reasons underlying the major diseases outbreaks in human history, and relate to why these outbreaks occasionally occur in today’s modern world.
  • Explain and support the principles of Integrated Pest Management in livestock systems.
  • Compare and contrast the life-history strategies used by major vector and pest species of medical and veterinary importance.
  • Discuss the principles of vector-borne epidemiology.
  • Assess the likelihood of new approaches in solving humanities vector-borne pathogen challenges.