Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr David J Jenkins

Dr David Jenkins

BSc; MSc; PhD

Dr David Jenkins is a parasitologist whose research has focused mainly on the epidemiology and control of Echinococcus granulosus (the hydatid tapeworm) and other related taeniid cestodes in Australia and Kenya. He has also worked closely with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry testing the efficacy of new anthelmintics for dogs and cats.

More recently he has been working on the epidemiology and distribution of canine “tongue” worm, Linguatula serrata, in wildlife and livestock in South East Australia and vaccine development for sheep against parasite infections. He teaches parasitology to animal science and veterinary students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and to science and medical students at the Australian National University (ANU).

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  • Epidemiology and control of hydatid disease (E. granulosus) in livestock
  • Epidemiology and distribution of Linguatula serrata in wild and domestic animals in S.E. Australia
  • Development of vaccines for sheep against metacestodes of taeniid cestodes
  • Transmission of intestinal helminths in domestic animals in Samoa


  • He teaches parasitology (internal and external helminth parasites of small animals) to third year veterinary students and animal science students at CSU.
  • He teaches parasitology to third year science students and second year medical students at the ANU.
  • He is currently supervising two CSU BSc Hons students working on L. serrata and one working on the intestinal parasites of domestic animals in Samoa.
  • He is currently supervising one CSU PhD student working on hydatid disease (E. granulosus) in Australian beef cattle and another working on the intestinal helminths of water buffalo in Australia and Pakistan.

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Read more on CSU Research Output (CRO)

Shamsi, S, McSpadden,K, Baker,S, Jenkins,DJ (2017) Occurrence of tongue worm, Linguatula sp (Pentastomida: Linguatulidae) in wild canids and livestock in south-eastern Australia. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife6, 271-277.

Jenkins DJ, Urwin N, Williams T, Mitchell K, Lievaart J, Armua-Fernandes MT (2014)  Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and wild dogs (Canis lupus dingo) and their hybrids). As sylvatic hosts for Australian Taenia hydatigena and T. ovis. International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife3, 75-80.

Jabbar A, Jenkins DJ, Crawford S, Walduck AK, Gauci CG, Beveridge I, Lightowlers MW (2011) Onchospheral penetration glands are the source of the EG95 vaccine antigen against cystic hydatid disease. Parasitology 138, 89-99.

King JS, Slapeta J, Jenkins DJ, Al-Qassab S, Ellis J, Windsor P (2010) Australian dingoes are definitive hosts of Neospora caninum. International Journal for Parasitology40, 945-950.

Claridge AW, Mills DJ, Hunt R, Jenkins DJ, Bean J (2009) Satellite tracking of wild dogs in south-eastern Australian forests: implications for management of  a problematic top-order carnivore. Forest Ecology and Management258,814-822.

Al-Qassab S, Reichel MP, C Su C, Jenkins D, Hall C, Windsor PA, Dubey JP, Ellis J (2009) Isolation of Toxoplasma gondii from the brain of a dog in Australia and its biological and molecular characterisation. Veterinary Parasitology 164, 335-339.

Barnes TS, Hinds LA, Jenkins DJ, Coleman GT (2007) Precocious development of hydatid cysts in a macropod host. International Journal for Parasitology 37, 1379-1389.

Jenkins D.J., Murray AJ, Claridge AW, Story GL, Bradshaw H and Craig PS (2005) The contribution of spotted-tailed quolls in the transmission of Echinococcus granulosus in the Byadbo Wilderness Area of the Kosciuszko National Park, Australia. Wildlife Research 32, 37-41.

Jenkins D. J. and Morris B (2003) Echinococcus granulosus in wildlife in and around the Kosciuszko National Park, south-eastern Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal 81, 59-63.

Lightowlers MW, Jensen O, Fernandez E, Iriate JA, Woolard DJ, Gauci CG, Jenkins DJ and Heath DD (1999) Vaccination trials in Australia and Argentina confirm the effectiveness of the EG95 hydatid vaccine in sheep.  International Journal for Parasitology 29, 531-534.

Jenkins DJ, Gasser RB, Zeyhle E, Romig T and Macpherson CNL  (1990). Assessment of a serological test for the detection of Echinococcus granulosus infection in dogs in Kenya.  Acta Tropica47, 245-248.

Jenkins DJ and Rickard MD (1985) Specific antibody responses to Taenia hydatigena, T. pisiformis and Echinococcus granulosus infection in dogs.  Australian Veterinary Journal 62, 72‑78.

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