Jennifer K. Ketzis, BS, MS, PhD
P.O Box 334
Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Phone: +1 869-465-4161 Ext. 401-1455
Location: Faculty Building I (Building 3), Room#: 03-003
Dr. Jennifer Ketzis received her PhD from Cornell University, where she focused on international livestock production and the use of medicinal plants to control Haemonchus contortus in goats. She then took a position at Novartis Animal Health in Switzerland working on the development of natural based products and endo- and ecto-parasiticides. In 2005, as a Senior Scientist, she established a parasitology laboratory at Charles River Laboratories, Ireland, where she worked with several pharmaceutical companies designing and managing GLP and GCP ecto- and endo-parasite efficacy studies. In 2012, Dr. Ketzis joined Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2017 to 2022, she served as the coordinator of the MSc and Certificate One Health Program. She currently is the Chair of the RUSVM IACUC and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. She teaches primarily in VMP 5265 Parasitology, VMP 5252, 5352 and 5452 Clinical Reasoning Skills I-III, and in the One Health on-line program.
BS Animal Science, Cornell University
MS Animal Science (minor: environmental conservation and sustainable development), Cornell University
PhD Animal Science (minors: parasitology and epidemiology), Cornell University
Efficacy of endo- and ecto-parasiticides
Parasitic zoonoses of both public health and agricultural importance
Epidemiology of parasites
Ron Taylor Award for Outstanding Performance, DeVry Inc., 2013
Member Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture
Jonk K, Pereira M, Ketzis J, Conan A. 2022. Dirofilaria immitis prevention messaging: knowledge and attitudes of students from North America attending the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Vet Rec Open.9:e32
Kim J, Lucio-Forster A, Ketzis J. 2022. Ancylostoma in dogs in the Caribbean: A review & case study from St. Kitts. Parasites Vectors. 15:139.
Eslahi AV, Hashemipour S, Olfatifar M, Houshmand E, Hajialilo E, Mahmoudi R, Badri M, Ketzis JK. 2022. Global prevalence and epidemiology of Strongyloides stercoralis in dogs: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Parasites Vectors. 15:21
Carter J, Ketzis J. 2021. Case report: Assessment of a quarantine treatment for sheep on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. VPRSR. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vprsr.2021.100660
Ketzis J, Bork-Larsen H, Bustria J, Conan A. 2020. Importation of cats and risk of parasite spread: A Caribbean perspective and case study from St Kitts. Parasites & Vectors. 13:488.
Ketzis JK, Lejeune M, Branford I, Beierschmitt A, Willingham AL. 2020. Identification of Schistosoma mansoni infection in a non-human primate from St. Kitts more than 50 years after interruption of human transmission. AJTMH. 103: 2278-2281.
Dantas-Torres F, Ketzis J, Mihalca AD, Baneth G, Otranto D, Tort GP, Watanabe M, Linh BK, Inpankaew T, Jimenez Castro PD, Borrás P, Sangaran A, Penzhorn B, Ybañez AP, Irwin P, Traub RJ. 2020. TroCCAP recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of parasitic infections in dogs and cats in the tropics. Vet Parasitol. 283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2020.109167
Wulcan JM, Dennis MM, Ketzis JK, Bevelock TJ, Verocai GG. 2019. Strongyloides spp. in cats - a review of the literature and the first report of zoonotic Strongyloides stercoralis in colonic epithelial nodular hyperplasia in cats. Vectors and Parasites 12(1):349. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3592-7.
Eisenbraun H, Alluwie A, Connolly S, Nair R, Verocaic GG, Ketzis JK. 2019. Comparison of fecal analysis methods for the detection of Platynosomum fastosum in naturally infected cats. Feline Medicine and Surgery. doi.org/10.1177/1098612X19848173
Hobbs EC, Mwape KE, Devleesschauwer B, Van Damme I, Krit M, Berkvens D, Zulu G, Mambwe M, Chembensofu M, Trevisan C, Baauw J, Phiri IK, Speybroeck N, Ketzis J, Dorny P, Willingham AL, Gabriël S. 2019. Effects of ‘The Vicious Worm’ educational tool on Taenia solium knowledge retention in Zambian primary school students after one year. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 3(5):e0007336. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007336
Pompei Bolfa P, Ketzis J, Marchi S, Kelly P, Cheng T, Huynh H, Lavinder T, Boey K, Hamilton C, Callanan JJ. 2019. Infections and pathology of free-roaming backyard chickens on St. Kitts, West Indies. JVDI 31(3):343-349. doi: 10.1177/1040638719843638
Gallagher C, Beierschmitt A, Cruz K, Choo J, Ketzis J. 2019. Should monkeys wash their hands and feet: a pilot-study on sources of zoonotic parasite exposure. One Health 7:100088. doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2019.100088
Geng J, Elsemore D, Oudin N, Ketzis JKK. 2018. Diagnosis of feline whipworm infection using a coproantigen ELISA and the prevalence in feral cats in southern Florida. Vet Parasitol Reg Studies and Reports. 4, 181-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vprsr.2018.11.002
Brandon-Mong G-J, Ketzis J, Yasiri A, Mahboob T, Tian-Chye T, Nissapatorn V. 2018. DNA Barcoding relates Trichuris species from a human and man’s best friend to non-human primate sources. Tropical Biomedicine. 35.
Červená B, Hrazdilová K, Vallo P, Ketzis J, Bolfa P, Tudor E, Lux-Hoppe EG, Blanvillain C, Modrý D. 2018. Mammomonogamus nematodes in felid carnivores: a minireview and the first molecular characterization. Parasitology 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182018000768
Lanthroum CM, Shell L, Neuville K, Ketzis JKK. 2018. Efficacy of praziquantel in the treatment of Platynosomum fastosum in cats with natural infections. Vet Sci 5:35. doi:10.3390/vetsci502003
Ketzis J. 2017. Limitations to the adoption of a standardized Strongyloides stercoralis diagnostic method: case study in the Caribbean. Acta Tropica. 170:178-183. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2017.03.003.
Shell L, Ketzis J, Hall R, Rawlins G, du Plessis, W. Praziquantel treatment for Platynosomum spp. infection of a domestic cat on St. Kitts, West Indies. J Feline Med Surg. In Press.
Yoon KS and Ketzis JKK (joint 1st authors), Andrewes SW, Wu CS, Honraet K, Staljanssens D, Rossel B, Clark JM. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of infestation deterrents against lice. J Med Entomol. In Press.
Strongyloides spp. and Trichuris spp. epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University School of Business
Associate Member, European Veterinary Parasitology College
ESME Certificate in Medical Education