Veterinary Pathology A

Subject VETS20008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
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: 26 hours of lectures and 36 hours of practical classes.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 86 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Excellent understanding of veterinary anatomy, histology and physiology
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


Prof Ron Slocombe


Phone: 8344 9995


Subject Overview:

Topics include tissue fixation and histological processing, diagnosis of disease, post mortem changes, alterations of tissue mass, cellular degeneration and necrosis, leukocyte biology, inflammation, wound healing, mineralisation and pigmentation of tissues, congenital and inherited disorders, an introduction to circulatory disorders, and neoplasia.


Students completing the subjects Veterinary Pathology A and Veterinary Pathology B should:

  • be familiar with and able to accurately apply the terminology of pathology;
  • understand the principles and possess the essential information regarding the major causes of disease and the responses of cells and tissues to injury;
  • understand the cellular, biochemical and molecular basis of pathological processes;
  • be able to observe precisely and identify, describe and interpret the macroscopic and microscopic appearances of tissues and cells altered by disease processes;

One 2-hour written examination (60%) and one 1-hour computer-based practical examination (20%) at the end of semester. Two computer-based assessments during semester, each of 30 minutes' duration and each contributing 10% to the total subject mark and indicated in the teaching timetable available at the commencement of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: Robbins et al Pathologic basis of disease, Edition 7 or later.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students completingVeterinary Pathology A and Veterinary Pathology B students should have:

  • developed skills in independent and self-directed learning;

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

  • the skills to obtain information from primary sources;

  • the capability to solve problems in applied situations, with the ability to integrate information from multiple disciplines;

  • competency in using multimedia to acquire, manage, present and discuss data; and

  • enhanced oral and written communication skills.

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

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