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OSU parasitologists present at international meeting

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasit.)

Several parasitologists from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology, which is housed at the center, recently participated in the 27th Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Congratulations to the following individuals who presented their research:

  • Meriam Saleh, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow – Show Us Your Ticks: A Survey of Ticks Infesting Dogs and Cats Across the United States
  • Kathryn Duncan, DVM, NCVP resident and PhD student – Dermacentor spp. From Dogs and Cats in North America: Diversity and Geographic Distribution
  • Parna Ghosh, PhD student – Ixodes spp. From Pet Dogs and Cats in the United States: Geographic Distribution and Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasit.) – Changing Parasite and Vector Distributions in a Changing World: Updates from the 2019 Companion Vector Borne Disease World Forum
  • Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasit.) – Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Pet Dogs in the United States, 2016-2018
  • Bhagya Kulasooriya, MS – Trends in Canine Infection with Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the Eastern United States: 2010-2017
  • Layna Tarpalechee, DVM student class of 2020 – Prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in Domestic Dogs and Kissing Bugs in Oklahoma
  • Kelly Allen, MS, PhD – Early Oral Sarolaner (Simparica TM, Zoetis) Acaricidal Activity Against Ixodes scapularis and Amblyomma americanum Adults After Monitored Attachment Intervals on Treated Dogs
  • Yoko Nagamori, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasit.) – Retrospective Fecal Survey of Parasites in 2,323 Client-Owned Cats in North Central Oklahoma 2007-2017
  • Mason Reichard, PhD – Introduction to Veterinary Entomology: Outbreak and Advancements
  • Mason Reichard, PhD – Efficacy of a Topical Formulation of Selamectin Plus Sarolaner (Revolution® Plus) Against Induced Infestations of Amblyomma americanum on Cats and Prevention of Cytauxzoon Felis Transmission
  • Michelle Ientile, DVM student class of 2022 – Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Brown Dog Ticks in the United States
  • Megan Wohltjen, research technician and PhD student – Detection and Prevalence of Cercopithifilaria bainae Infection in Domestic Dogs and Ticks in Oklahoma
  • Ruth Scimeca, DVM, PhD, NCVP resident – Differential Gene Expression in Domestic Cats (Felis catus) Experimentally Infected with Cytauxzoon felis
  • Kellee Sundstrom, research specialist and MS student – Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites and Heartworm in North Eastern Oklahoma Shelter Dogs

If you would like more information about OSU’s veterinary parasitology program, please visit the Krull-Ewing Lab, Lab of Vector-Borne Infections, or

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |

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