Synopsis: In episode 5 of “The Parasite Journey of the Horse”, equine parasitologist Martin Nielsen takes a “complete shift of gears” and checks out flatworms or tapeworms. These nasties look different to the previous worms in the series, and have some different biologies.
“There are three kinds of tapeworms that horses can get. One is common and the two others are really rare. The one your horse is likely to encounter in its life is Anoplocephala perfoliata,” Nielsen says
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.”