Lab Rat Chat

19. Creepy Crawlers - Fleas and Ticks

March 24, 2021 Lab Rat Chat
Lab Rat Chat
19. Creepy Crawlers - Fleas and Ticks
Show Notes

Lab Rat Chat - Episode 19 with Dr. Brian Herrin, Assistant Professor and Veterinary Parasitologist at Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine

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In this special episode of Lab Rat Chat, Dr. Brian Herrin joined us by video to record an episode for the 2021 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium, hosted by Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Herrin is an expert in all things related to ticks, fleas, and all the diseases that come along with them, so you’ll definitely want to listen (and watch!) this one.  The video can be seen at our YouTube channel (see Resources & Links below for the link).  We want to thank K-State College of Veterinary Medicine for the invitation to be a part of the 2021 SAVMA Symposium, and to Dr. Herrin for taking the time to share a wealth of exciting and very informative knowledge with us and our audience.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Dr. Herrin’s extensive background and experience throughout his education and career.
  • How we all benefit from biomedical research, including our pets, who wouldn’t be able to live indoors with us without the tick and flea preventatives we’ve grown so accustomed to.
  • Multi-drug resistant fleas and ways to hopefully slow down this resistance
  • The complexities that go into maintaining a living supply of fleas within a laboratory setting
  • Alternatives to animal models and how Laura’s lab abides by the principles of refinement, reduction, and replacement to her research.

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