Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology

Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology

Veterinary parasitology is a branch of veterinary medicine that focuses on the study of parasites that affect the health of companion animals, livestock, and wild animals. The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of parasitic diseases, including their causes, life cycles, transmission, distribution, and impact on animal health, are studied. The parasites that can infect animals include protozoa (Coccidia, Toxoplasma sp., etc.), helminths and arthropods (fleas, ticks, etc.). Helminths are phylogenetically classified into nematodes (heartworms, etc.), trematodes (Fasciola sp., etc.), and cestode (Taenia sp., etc.). Many species of animal parasites are also medically important because they are zoonotic parasites, meaning they can infect humans and cause great harm. Overall, veterinary parasitology is essential for maintaining animal health and welfare, protecting public health from zoonotic parasitic diseases, livestock productivity and food safety, and wildlife conservation.

The Veterinary Parasitology Laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which parasites adapt and survive within their hosts, predicting and validating biomarkers for parasitic diseases, and drug repurposing to develop new anti-parasitics therapies.


Yoo, Won Gi (|T. +82-2-880-1267)

Research Interests

  • Parasites’ adaptation and survival mechanism within hosts
  • Interaction between hosts and parasites
  • Biomarker prediction and validation for parasitic diseases
  • Drug repositioning for anti-parasitics development
  • Parasitic diseases as a perspective of One Health
  • Model organism development for sustainable parasite research

Course Offered

College Level Graduated Level
– Veterinary Parasitology & Practice 1 (2nd year)
– Veterinary Parasitology & Practice 2 (2nd year)
– Topics in Veterinary Parasitology
– Advanced Parasitology
– Zoonotic Parasitology
– Introduction to Integrative Parasitomics
– Recent Methodologies in Parasitology