Veterinary Helminthology

Postal address
Nationalestraat 155
Phone: +32(0)32476394

Research expertise

Pierre Dorny holds a DVM (1980) and PhD (1990) degree from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium and has followed a postgraduate course (1981) in tropical animal health and husbandry at ITM, Antwerp. He is diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) since 2003.

After working one year in private practice, he joined the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent from 1983-1990 where he worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Parasitology. His PhD research was on diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal nematodes on dairy cattle farms. From 1990-93 he worked as a parasitologist in a university collaboration research project in Malaysia on control of nematodes in small ruminants. In 1994 he worked as parasitology consultant in a USAID project on sheep production in Sumatra, Indonesia. From the end of 1994 he joined both the ITM and UGent to continue research of animal parasites. In 2000 he was appointed as lecturer veterinary helminthology at the ITM and as guest professor (20%) of tropical veterinary medicine at the UGent. He became chairman of the Department of Animal Health, ITM in 2003. He was appointed full professor at ITM in 2008.

Besides his teaching assignments in veterinary helminthology and tropical veterinary medicine at ITM and UGent, he is head of a laboratory that conducts research on helminth zoonoses and helminth control in which several post-doc and PhD students work. The laboratory is National Reference Centre for diagnosis of trichinellosis and other parasite zoonoses.



  • Develop more specific tools for diagnosis of taeniosis/cysticercosis, which will help to better understand transmission patterns, monitor interventions and assist in individual diagnosis and disease management.
  • Document on the impact of cysticercosis on public health.
  • Study transmission dynamics of taeniosis/cysticercosis in various epidemiological situations.
  • Design, implement and monitor intervention studies of taeniosis/cysticercosis.
  • Strengthen the interaction of our research and clinical aspects of cysticercosis.
  • Reduce the frequency of anthelmintic treatments in livestock by using and evaluation of targeted strategic treatments.
  • Assist in diagnosis, research and monitoring of parasitic zoonoses in developing countries.




  • Nematode Infections of Domestic Livestock in the Tropics
  • Cestode Infections and Helminth Zoonosis in the Tropics
  • Helminth Control Problems in the Tropics
  • Parasitological Diagnostic Methods
  • Anthelmintic Resistance


Research output

  1. Cysticercosis and taeniasis cases diagnosed at two referral medical institutions, Belgium, 1990 to 2015

    Research output: Contribution to journalA1: Web of Science-articleResearchpeer-review

  2. The seroprevalence of cytomegalovirus infection in Belgium anno 2002 and 2006: a comparative analysis with hepatitis A virus seroprevalence

    Research output: Contribution to journalA1: Web of Science-articleResearchpeer-review

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