Veterinary Microbiology & Virology

Subject VETS20004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 29 hours of lectures and 20.5 hours of practical classes and tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 73.5 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement

and information about Students Experiencing Disability


Assoc Prof James Gilkerson

Subject Overview:

Topics include: general microbiology; immunity to microbial pathogens, virology and practical exercises in immunodiagnostics and veterinary virology.


At the end of the sequence Veterinary Microbiology & Virology and Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology, students completing these subjects should:

  • possess the essential information on the important characteristics of bacteria, fungi and viruses and the way they exert their pathogenic effects and produce clinical signs of disease;
  • understand the distribution of microbes in nature and the manner by which those of veterinary importance are spread;
  • be familiar with the methods of disinfection and sterilisation and their use in practice;
  • understand the principles of anti-microbial therapy;
  • understand the need for rational judgments in the use of antimicrobial therapy;
  • understand the immune response infection and possible abnormalities of the responses;
  • understand the principles and use of vaccines in the control of infectious diseases;
  • be familiar with the methods of diagnosis of infectious diseases;
  • understand the principles of non-therapeutic control measures; understand approaches to the diagnosis of infectious disease (including the isolation and identification of pathogens and their detection using immunoassays).

One 2-hour written exam (55%) and a 1-hour practical exam (20%) both at the end of semester. Three short tests (each of 15 minutes) during the semester (15%) and indicated in the teaching timetable available at the commencement of the semester. A vaccination assignment and presentation (10%).

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the end of the sequence Veterinary Microbiology and Virology and Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology students completing these subjects should have:

  • the skills required to be efficient managers of information;

  • the skills to apply technology to the analysis of biological problems; and

  • developed skills in report writing.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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