Zoonoses and Public Health Research Emphasis
Zoonoses and Public Health Research Emphasis reflects a OHOM approach facilitated by collaborations between the SVM and the academic Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine within the SOM. The DVM/MPH students are major participants in this research focus area. Research areas include seroprevalence studies of zoonotic agents in various domestic and wild animals and antimicrobial resistance patterns and molecular typing of zoonotic pathogens. These efforts are enhanced by collaborations with US based institutions, including Washington State University and the University of Florida. In addition to pathogen-based research, SVM faculty and DVM/MPH students are involved in a study on pet ownership and its effect on academic performances among veterinary students
Parasitology Research objectives focus on the pathobiology of parasites and zoonotic parasitic diseases of importance to the region. Grenada is an excellent setting in which meaningful parasitology research is possible because of location and environmental conditions. The program is international and includes collaborations involving both students and faculty in Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Romania, Peru, Brazil, Guyana, St. Lucia, and the Dominican Republic. The SVM parasitology faculty have long standing research and teaching collaborations with WINDREF, the SOM, the University of Georgia and the National Wildlife Health Center (U. S. Geological Survey). SGUSVM recently became part of the Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostic Network (VetPDx) which is a novel collaborative effort of parasitology diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Canada. Examples of current projects include: anthelmintic resistance of gastrointestinal parasites in small ruminants in Grenada; parasites in Norway rats in Grenada; the prevalence of hookworm species in Fiji within the free-roaming dog population. The addition of a molecular entomologist to our faculty has expanded our focus to include PCR identification of fish parasites, ectoparasites of honey bees and the pathogens they transmit.