Experts write handbook on controlling horse parasites

Two experts have written a handbook on equine parasite control after identifying the need for a practical guide.

The “Handbook of Equine Parasite Control” is written by equine parasitologists Craig Reinemeyer and Martin Nielsen.

Nielsen, who is Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, explains how the handbook came about.

“The thoughts behind the book were that Craig and I found ourselves increasingly preoccupied with answering questions about parasite control programs and traveling around and giving talks.

“We sensed a dramatic change in the attitudes towards deworming. People had begun to realize that treating frequently with regular intervals year-round was not a sustainable approach for parasite control, and they are needing information, answers for their questions, and guidance.

“Often, people were asking for something to read to provide them with the missing information.

“Craig and I agreed that no such information was out there, and that we simply had to write that book ourselves. We both have years of experience from veterinary practice as well as academia and found ourselves in a good position to write the book.”

The book explains the principles of evidence-based parasite control programs and provides 20 real-life case studies.

“These cases should help illustrate the concepts presented in the book, and will hopefully help the reader to digest the book,” Nielsen says.

“We expect that many will probably start by reading those case stories, and then use them to guide them to which of the 13 preceeding chapters they need to read.”

The book is being promoted as a companion for equine veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, equine veterinary technicians and nurses, researchers in equine parasitology, horse owners, and farm and stable managers.

Martin K Nielsen
Martin K Nielsen

Nielsen says the book isn’t specifically aimed at horse owners, but he expects those with an interest in equine parasites will find it helpful.

“We used the best available evidence to put together a practical book that encompasses all the necessary knowledge needed to put together a parasite control program.

“The target reader would be veterinary practitioners, laboratory and veterinary technicians, farm managers and other equine professionals. The ordinary horse owner may find it a bit hard to read, but a lot have great interest in parasite control and would probably find the book useful.”

The first section of the book reviews the basic biology of internal parasites and the factors influencing their transmission. The second discusses the general principles of parasite control. The third provides diagnostic and assessment tools for interpreting clinical, historical and laboratory information.

The final section contains the case studies which reflect the full range of parasites and provides detailed answers and discussions.

The book is priced at $69.99 in the US.

Reinemeyer graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, and spent five years in mixed animal practice before returning to the university to pursue a PhD in veterinary parasitology.

He was a faculty member of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine from 1984 to 1998, and served as the president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists from 2003 to 2004.

In 1997, he founded East Tennessee Clinical Research, a contract research organization that conducts pharmaceutical studies to facilitate the development of new veterinary drugs. Its efforts have contributed to the approval of several currently marketed drugs for parasite control in horses, cattle, and pets.

Nielsen received his doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, and was a faculty member there for four years before moving to his current Kentucky role.

His research interests include endoparasite infections of horses, clinical and molecular diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, and control.

The handbook is also sold as an ebook.

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