Synopsis: The second episode in a new series from equine parasitologist Martin Nielsen looking at the parasites a horse encounters in its life takes a look at equine ascarids, or roundworms.
If you haven’t seen the first episode of “The Parasite Journey of the Horse”, go take a look now, as Dr Nielsen is discussing the parasites in the order of appearance.
This latest episode looks at roundworms or ascarids, which are the next to affect a foal. There are actually two — Parascaris equorum and Parascaris univalens.
Nielsen’s videos fall into one of three categories: short videos addressing common misconceptions about parasite control; longer educational videos outlining important concepts in parasite control; and videos that inform viewers about current findings, research needs and the importance of UK’s equine research herds.
“As a university researcher, I have an obligation to communicate about my area of research to the public. I am constantly searching for the most efficient way to do so. In this day and age, it seems obvious to communicate about these things on social media,” Nielsen said.
“I hope to get some useful information into the hands of horse owners, farm managers and equine veterinarians — and to build some awareness about some of the work we do at the Gluck Center.
“I wanted to try to address common misconceptions and myths in equine parasite control. In this series, I’ll address one myth or misconception at a time and in 45 seconds or less, I will explain why it is exactly that — a myth or misconception. These will be interspersed with a few longer videos providing more background information and highlighting recent research findings.”