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Undergraduate Course: Veterinary Pathology (BVMS09014)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits30 ECTS Credits15
SummaryThe Veterinary Pathology course uses lectures, tutorials and practical classes to focus on the principles and patterns of pathology using, where appropriate, examples of specific diseases for illustrative purposes. Students are exposed to practical examples of the disease processes taught in The Animal Body modules from First and Second Year or First Year Graduate Entry Programme (GEP). Together with the Clinical Foundation Course taught this semester, this course provides a link between preclinical and clinical disciplines and a foundation in pathophysiology for the species-based courses to follow.
Course description to follow
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 300 ( Lecture Hours 48, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 21, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 21, Online Activities 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 4, Other Study Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 6, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours = 5
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 85 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 85%«br /»
Coursework 15%«br /»
Practical Exam 0%
Feedback Informal verbal feedback will be continually provided to students throughout the Course, particularly during the practical classes and round-up sessions.
Feedback sessions will be held to provide feedback on the in-course assessment then again for the End of Semester 1 Examinations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Vet Pathology (MCQ)1:30
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Vet Pathology (Spot)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Vet Pathology Resit (MCQ)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Vet Pathology Resit (Spot)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand and learn the occurrence, development and progression of pathological changes in body systems and individual organs, and to relate their morphology at gross (macroscopic) and microscopic levels to clinically recognisable functional defects and disease states.
  2. To study and interpret macroscopic lesions in such a way as to make a meaningful diagnostic assessment in relation to in vivo clinical observations.
  3. To understand the principles and importance of post-mortem examination in disease diagnosis.
  4. To understand sample collection and handling and the basic interpretation of haematology, clinical biochemistry and cytology investigations.
Reading List
Students are not required to purchase specific textbooks. However, students are encouraged to consult textbooks for greater depth of understanding where necessary. The majority of these texts are available in the Veterinary Library.

Colour Atlas of Veterinary Histology, 2nd Ed.
WJ Bacha & LM Bacha, 2000

Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas, 5th Ed. (n.b. human text)
B Young, JS Lowe, A Stevens & JW Heath, 2006

Disease Mechanisms/Pathogenesis:
Mechanisms of Disease ¿ A Textbook of Comparative General Pathology, 3rd Ed.
DO Slauson & BJ Cooper, 2001

Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 4th Ed.
MD McGavin & JF Zachary, 2006 ¿ Highly recommended

Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer¿s Pathology of Domestic Animals, 5th Ed. Volumes 1-3.
MG Maxie (Ed), 2007 ¿ FOR REFERENCE ONLY (copy in library)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Susan Rhind
Tel: (0131 6)50 6219
Course secretaryMrs Kerry Leech
Tel: (0131 6)50 6294
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