Main activities

The summer school is dedicated to undergraduate and post-graduate students in biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine and biology which want to improve their skills in field parasitology. The complex ecosystem, the climatic conditions and the high biodiversity create an ideal model for teaching and researching parasitology.

The basic methods are described in detail in our recently published e-Book (pdf available here)


The main activities consist in:


Sample collection (blood, feces, ectoparasites) from a broad range of domestic animals (horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, domestic fowl)















Sample collection (blood, feces, ectoparasites) from wild animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals)















Sample collection from the environment (mainly blood-sucking arthropods) using traps















Occasional necropsies of wild and domestic animals and collection of parasites















Sample examination (stained blood smears, Knott, coproscopy) and identification of parasites (ticks, mosquitoes, biting midges, tabanids, helminths, leeches, etc.)















Visits to local farms and traditional cheese facilities














Boat trips and trekking for wildlife observation















The summer school starts from Tulcea from where the transfer to Chilia Veche is done by the public boat (4-5 hours voyage on Chilia Branch of Danube). After the summer school, students will be transferred back to Tulcea.

All activities are in English.