Veterinary Paraclinical Sciences

Subject VETS30024 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures: 32 hours. Practicals: 93 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all subjects in Year 2 of Bachelor of Veterinary Science course.
Corequisites: Students must enrol in the following subject:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: Years 1 and 2 (Semesters 1-4) of the BVSc course
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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


Assoc Prof Jenny Charles


Subject Overview:

Diseases of the:

  • alimentary system;
  • liver;
  • pancreas;
  • peritoneum;
  • nervous system;
  • foetus and placenta;
  • respiratory system, and
  • urinary system of the domestic animals, and
  • common tumours and tumour-like masses of the skin of domestic animals.

Practical applications of anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, microbiology and parasitology in the diagnosis of disease, with an emphasis on the body systems and organs listed above


Students completing this subject should:

  • be able to recognise, describe and interpret morphological abnormalities of these systems at both the macroscopic and microscopic level;
  • possess essential information on the causes, pathogenesis and manifestations of disease of these systems, and be able to recognise if the disease is expressed locally or as disturbances of whole body function or other organ function;
  • be aware of the uses and limitations of investigative techniques, such as clinical pathology, bacteriology, parasitology, pathology (autopsy, biopsy and histopathology), serology and virology, in diagnosis.
  • One 1.5-hour written paper after intra-semester break in Semester 1 (20%)
  • One 0.5-hour image-based practical examination after intra-semester break in Semester 1 (5%)
  • One 1.5-hour written paper at the end of Semester 1 (20%)
  • One 1.0-hour wet specimen- and image-based practical exam at the end of Semester 1 (15%)
  • One 1.5-hour written paper after intra-semester break in Semester 2 (20%)
  • One 1.0-hour wet specimen and image-based practical exam after the intra-semester break in Semester 2 (15%)
  • Performance in Semester 2 necropsy practical sessions (5%)
Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate mark. Satisfactory performance in necropsy practical sessions is a hurdle requirement.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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