Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-2018



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Alyx Shultz, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Laura Hoffman, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. William DeWees, Committee Member


This is a comparative study on the anthelmintic effects of copper oxide wire particles (COWP), copper sulfate (CuSO4), and Levamisole on Haemonchus contortus in goats. This study was designed to compare the efficiency of COWP and CuSO4 at controlling H. contortus populations in goats. A study group of 60 female goats was randomly separated into 3 groups. The does in each group were administered either a copper sulfate drench by weight, a Levamisole drench by weight, or a 4g bolus of COWP. Fecal egg counts and Faffa Malan Charts (FAMACHA), were performed every 2 weeks, and Packed Cell Volumes were performed every 4 weeks, for 14 weeks. Levamisole and COWP had the lowest mean FAMACHA scores and FECs, with the highest mean PCV, and proved most effective at controlling H. contortus, whereas the CuSO4 was only mildly effective with higher mean FAMACHA scores and FECs and lower mean PCVs