Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Identification of Ticks of Medical and Veterinary Importance

when 27 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 1450

FAO Reference Centre for Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases at Utrecht University offers a specialised training course on tick taxonomy. Ticks and tick-borne diseases affect animal and human health worldwide and are the cause of significant economic loses. Approximately 10% of the currently known 896 tick species act as vectors of a broad range of pathogens of domestic animals and humans and are also responsible for damage directly due to their feeding behaviour. Tick identification is a key element in disease outbreak investigations and field surveys.

In this intensive practical laboratory course of 1 week students will be offered access to the tick collection of the Utrecht Centre for Tick-borne Diseases (UCTD), which has recently been designated as a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Reference Centre for Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. The course is supplemented by a field trip in the Netherlands, wherein ticks collected from the vegetation will be identified and used to demonstrate the principles of maintaining tick colonies under laboratory conditions. Students can bring their own (preserved) ticks for taxonomic identification using the reference tick collection and will receive a complementary copy of the recent book of six leading taxonomists entitled, “Hard Ticks for the World” (Acari:Ixodida:Ixodidae) by Alberto Guglielmone et al. (2014).

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Frans Jongejan

Target group

Essential support course for PhD (or M.Sc.) students involved in research on ticks and tick-borne diseases; Intended for research staff at academic and government institutions involved in monitoring programmes; Ideal for continuing education of research personnel involved in veterinary clinical studies conducted by pharmaceutical companies and Contract Research Organizations.

Course aim

Students will be able to identify all major tick species of veterinary and medical importance worldwide.

Credits info

1.5 EC
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1450: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 1250: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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