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Anne Zajac

Dr. Anne Zajac is on the faculty of the Virginia/Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia USA. She received MS and DVM degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from Ohio State University. Dr. Zajac teaches parasitology to veterinary students and supervises the college parasitology diagnostic lab. Her principal research interest is gastrointestinal parasites of livestock. She is a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, a charter member of the parasitology specialty in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology and a member of the Parasitology Board exam committee since its inception.

Abstract Submission

Establishing a Veterinary Parasitology Specialty?
the North American Experience

Anne M. Zajac
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA.

In 2011, veterinary parasitology received provisional specialty status from the American Veterinary Medical Association based on reviews by the American Board of Veterinary Specialists (ABVS) and Council of Education. Recognition of the parasitology specialty was the result of efforts by an organizing committee and charter members, who represented a broad range of veterinary parasitologists in academia and private industry. Organizational assistance was received from the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. Primary reasons for seeking specialty recognition were improving the profile of the discipline and promoting training of new veterinary parasitologists with demonstrated clinical expertise. Rather than a separate College, parasitology is included as a subspecialty within the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, but maintains a separate exam committee and an independent Board exam process. The Parasitology Board exam consists of general and clinical portions, both in multiple choice format. The test is administered annually in December with the first test having been given in 2012. After a period of at least 4 years of provisional status, ABVS can be petitioned to grant full status to the specialty. Because traditional parasitology PhD research programs may not include a clinical component, several programs have been developed that include this training, including the National Center of Veterinary Parasitology (Oklahoma State University), which offers a multi-institution residency training program in clinical parasitology.

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