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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 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.

We will deliver lectures and practical classes on campus. Lectures will not be live streamed but will be recorded and released afterwards. Practical classes are not recorded but there will be summaries available after the sessions.
Course description Course Aims

The main aim of this course is to describe, compare and/or contrast the pathological changes that occur in tissues and organ systems and how such changes provide the basis for clinically-manifested diseases. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of cellular biology, anatomy and physiology as well as the pathology-related disciplines taught in the First and Second Year/GEP courses.

Course Content/Outline
Principle topics to be covered:

The spectrum and mechanisms of pathological changes in tissues at macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels.

The specific pathogenesis and diseases of body organ systems in the veterinary species (i.e. systems pathology).

The role of clinical pathology in relation to diagnosis, prognosis and case monitoring.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on a BVMS Veterinary Medicine degree programme in order to take this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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%
Coursework 15%
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 Exam3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Vet Pathology Resit3:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets OctoberVeterinary Pathology ICA0:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To describe, compare and contrast 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 analyse and interpret macroscopic lesions in such a way as to make a meaningful diagnostic assessment in relation to in vivo clinical observations (i.e. relate lesions to how disease might manifest prior to death).
  3. To explain the principles and importance of post-mortem examination in disease diagnosis.
  4. To summarise the basics of sample collection and handling.
  5. To outline and apply the basic principles of the interpretation of haematology, clinical biochemistry and cytology investigations.
Reading List
Students are not required to buy 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. ** DENOTES THOSE AVAILABLE ONLINE

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

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

** Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 6th Ed. JF Zachary (Ed.), 2017¿ Highly recommended

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

**Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer¿s Pathology of Domestic Animals, 6th Ed. Volumes 1-3.
MG Maxie (Ed), 2016 ¿ FOR REFERENCE ONLY (copy in library)

** BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Clinical Pathology, 3rd Ed., E. Villiers and J. Ristic (Eds.), BSAVA Publications, 2015
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Linda Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 7452
Course secretaryMrs Belgin Davidson
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