AAVP Case Study Sharing FYI

This site section has Veterinary Parasitology Case Studies that range in complexity from simple straight forward parasitology identifications good for a lab exercise, to the more complex and finally some full studies that would be useful as part of a lecture exercise. How you use these studies is up to you! You are welcome to tweak the studies to fit your teaching needs. The authors of the studies give you permission to use them in classroom settings (face to face learning); you may not publish them for distribution outside the classroom (including for distance learning) without the permission of the author (who retains the copyrights).

To gain access to the site you must have permission from the Chairperson of the AAVP Education Committee. (This permission needs only be granted once, it is good for as long as the site remains active.) We also ask that people using this site submit a case study of their own (submitted with your request for access to the site) to be placed on the site and to review one newly submitted case sometime in the future. It is explicit in your request for access that you agree to use the case studies only in your classroom teaching, which use includes placing the case study on your school’s intranet. Also you agree that your case study can be used in the same way. Any other uses of the case studies require permission of the copyright holder (the author). The publication of a case study on this non-public site does not preclude the author from publishing the same or similar case elsewhere.

Case Study Contributors

  • Dr. Brian Herrin
  • Dr. Antoinette Marsh (Chair of Education Committee, marsh.2061@osu.edu)
  • Dr. Tom Nolan
  • Dr. Karan Snowden
  • Dr. Andrea Varela-Strokes

Click Here to Access Shared Case Studies (password protected)

Writing a Case Study for This Site

While you are required to submit one case to get access to the site, we encourage you to submit as many as you want! Case studies can be actual cases you’ve worked on, or they can be completely made up based on what is known about the parasite – host interaction. They can be as simple or as complex as you like (as long as you would use them in your own teaching). Be sure to include all details [signalment, clinical signs (if any), etc.] and include photos if needed (or if you want). Photos of an egg recovered from a fecal or a mite from a skin scraping would be a necessity for a case study based on the identification of the parasite found. If you submit a photo with the case study the copyright of the photo should belong to you or you must get permission for its use and state at the end of the study in an “Acknowledgements” section that the photo was used with permission and give the name of the copyright holder.

A full study should be organized similar to the way JAVMA outlines the organization of its “What is your diagnosis” papers: (https://www.avma.org/News/Journals/Pages/javma-ifa-diagnosis.aspx).

We suggest the following sections for a full case study:

  • Case Title
  • Signalment
  • Physical Exam
  • Problem List
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic Plan
  • Final Diagnosis
  • Treatment Plan
  • Follow-up

Simpler cases could dispense with (or abbreviate) one or more of these sections: Problem List, Differential Diagnosis, Diagnostic Plan, Treatment Plan and Follow-up.

The author(s) should put their name and email address at the end of the case study to allow people to contact them with permission requests and suggestions of ways to improve the case.

Corrections To, or Removal of a Case Study From This Site

Because our web site is managed by an outside company that charges for all changes, we anticipate that new cases or corrections to existing cases will be made only a few times per year.
Once a case study has been published on our site, the author may ask for corrections or complete removal at any time (keeping in mind that it will happen only at one of the scheduled up-datings). Anyone who notices an error or a means to improve the learning experience of a published case study should email the author (and cc the Chairperson). The author can then request a change be made (if they so choose).

Credit for Publication of a Teaching Case Study

The names and E-mail addresses of case study authors will be listed on a public page on the website. If a case study is removed then the corresponding information will also be removed from the list.

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