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Systemic Pathology and Medicine (VET377)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will use and build on the skills and knowledge gained in previous units to highlight the essential relationship between the pathophysiological consequences and clinical expression of disease. The principles of organ system dysfunction will be emphasised. As part of this unit students will learn about the diagnostic process, techniques for diagnosing disease and interpreting diagnostic results, along with pathological terminology, and the ability to predict, describe and interpret the effects of disease on major organ systems.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Recognise the basic processes of disease in the various body systems at a macroscopic level.
2. Link the clinical and laboratory signs of disease with pathological dysfunction of specific organ systems.
3. Identify and explain pathophysiological disease processes in the various body systems from laboratory test results.
4. Make a list of likely differential diagnoses when presented with a clinical history, and/ or pathological laboratory results.
5. Describe methodical approaches to investigate and diagnose abnormalities of the body systems.
6. Know the strengths and weaknesses of the different diagnostic tests available for investigating disease.
7. Know the appropriate diagnostic tests to undertake when investigating disease.
8. Analyse and interpret haematology, serum biochemistry and other clinical pathology data in relation to other clinical information.
9. Analyse and interpret anatomic pathology reports in relation to other clinical or laboratory information.
10. Summarise common important infectious diseases of each body system.
11. Diagnose common diseases in domestic animal species.
12. Use both verbal and written communication to explain the pathological processes and broad philosophy underlying the diagnostic process.
13. Critically analyse information and apply salient theoretical knowledge to the interpretation and investigation of clinical diagnostic cases, and clearly communicate this interpretation to veterinary colleagues and lay people.
14. Integrate and apply information from different units, recognise deficiencies in current knowledge or understanding and independently or collaboratively source additional information as required.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 5 x 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 x 1 hours per week; Workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The majority of the lectures have been organised around body systems and will discuss the pathophysiology of disease in the different body systems. The workshops and tutorials offer problem-based learning using clinical case material and diagnostic test results so that students can discuss, apply and consolidate the theory provided in the lectures. Some classes involve developing microscopy skills to identify abnormal features in blood and cytology smears, others include gross and histopathological specimen examination, cardiological evaluation and other diagnostic procedures. The aim is students will develop skills in the recognition and understanding of pathological change and be able to describe pathophysiological mechanisms inducing these changes in preparation for veterinary clinical practice.
Assessment 1. Quizzes (10%)
2. Mid-Semester Test (20%)
3. Extra-Mural Farm Experience (20%)
a. Farm report -7.5/20
b. Learning Diary - 1.5/20
c. Reflective Journal - 6/20
d. Extramural farm experience placement - Pass/Fail
e. Disease and animal production assignment - 5/20
4. Final Practical Examination (25%)
5. Final Theory Examination (25%)
These assessments are meant to help students practice case based problem solving, disease diagnosis and recognition as well as facilitate their learning of the pathophysiological mechanisms underpinning clinical disease, as a group and individual, to prepare them for learning and practicing medicine and surgery.
At least 50% in all assessment components worth 20% or more of the total assessment; and a final total score of 50% or more is required to pass this unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Veterinary Biology; VET375 Processes in Animal Disease; VET380 Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Toxicology; VET211 Principles of Infectious Disease - Veterinary Microbiology; VET278 Principles of Infectious Disease II- Veterinary Parasitology.
Previously 2015: 'Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Gabriele Rossi
Senior Lecturer Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2418
e: G.Rossi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.007 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Gabriele Rossi
Senior Lecturer Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2418
e: G.Rossi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.007 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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