PhD defence Latifa Elhachimi (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)



Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in the Cattle population of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, Morocco: Prevalence and Resistance status


PhD candidate: Elhachimi, Latifa

Latifa Elhachimi was born on August 10, 1984, in Bejaad, Morocco. In 2003, she finalised secondary school at Al Farabi school in Bejaad, Morocco. Immediately afterwards she started her Veterinary Medicine curriculum at Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco. In 2009, she graduated with honours from the Veterinary Medicine School. After her graduation, she worked as private veterinarian and practitioner of medicine, surgery and veterinary pharmacy for more than 7 years in Skhirat region, Morocco. During her practice she received the animal health accreditation mandate by ONSSA (Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits Alimentaires). During her practice, she conducted many prophylactic campaigns against animal contagious diseases in several big agricultural regions in Morocco. In 2017, Latifa joined the company Clinvet Morocco, were she occupied the Manager Facilities Operations position. In this position, she developed experience in research, innovation, and control of veterinary drugs. Furthermore, she shaped her skills on project and team management, and communication. Her job at Clinvet Morocco gave her the desire to follow a carrier in research, for this she started a PhD on the field of ticks and tick-borne diseases. During here PhD, Latifa Elhachimi has authored and co-authored several scientific publications and presentations.


Supervisors: Prof. dr. Luc Duchateau, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent - Prof. dr. Hamid Sahibi Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat Maroc



Ticks are vectors of various infectious pathogens causing animal and human diseases of considerable economic importance. The control of tick-borne diseases has become increasingly problematic the last decades due to acaricide resistance present in many regions of the world. The general aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in the cattle population of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region of Morocco using molecular based methods and to evaluate the efficacy of diazinon and amitraz in Hyalomma marginatum ticks collected from different agro-climatic locations in the study region. Adult ixodid ticks were collected from cattle and morphological identification revealed the presence of eight different tick species representing two genera, Hyalomma (84.1%) and Rhipicephalus (15.9%). The collected ticks consisted of Hyalomma marginatum (38.9%), Hyalomma anatolicum excavatum (33.1%), Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (9.9%), Rhipicephalus bursa (5.4%), Hyalomma detritum (4.3%), Hyalomma lusitanicum (3.7%), Hyalomma dromedarii (3.7%) and Hyalomma impeltatum (1.1%).



Date: Friday 20 May 2022, 17:30

Location: Diergeneeskunde Aud Maximum, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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