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Unit information: Animal Disease 1 in 2021/22

Unit name Animal Disease 1
Unit code VETS20016
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Eisler
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 1


All other units in BVSc 2

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

In the Animal Disease 1 unit students will apply their knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of healthy animals while learning about mechanisms and agents of disease, the body’s response to disease processes, and the management and prevention of diseases. The unit’s structure and delivery will aim to support integration of the knowledge of cause, effect, therapy and prevention of diseases as applied to individuals, groups and populations. The unit will lead into the Clinical Veterinary Science and One Health unit in Year 3 which develops the animal disease and one health themes further and integrates them into the third theme in the BVSc in which clinical case management, advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills are developed. Animal Disease 1 will continue to develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Explain the scientific basis of the body’s responses to disease, including inflammation and healing, immunology and general pathology
  • Identify and describe pathological changes at molecular, cellular and tissue levels and relate these to the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of disease
  • Identify and describe microbes of importance to veterinary practice and public health and summarise the mechanisms by which they cause disease.
  • List the main drugs used in the treatment and prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases, and describe and explain their mechanisms of action
  • Describe the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, analyse and interpret data on changing concentrations or amounts of a drug or its metabolites in body tissues and fluids, and explain the fate of the drug within body or processes leading to its excretion
  • List the major ecto and endo-parasites of veterinary importance, describe their pathobiology and transmission cycles and explain the importance of these for effective treatment, control and prevention of parasitic diseases
  • Recognise the relationships between animal health and global human health, and explain the importance of emerging and zoonotic infections and the ‘One Health’ approach
  • Describe the regulation of veterinary medicinal products in the UK, explain the importance of resistance to antimicrobial and antiparasitic agents and discuss mechanisms involved.
  • Explain the importance of risk analysis in relation to animal disease control and describe the application of HACCP to food safety

Teaching Information

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Group work on Directed Self-Education (DSE) task
  • Facilitated small and large group activities
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: Students will sit a formative mid-sessional examination in January consisting of a written/computer-based examination to test knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills. Students will have formative assessment in the unit including questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. Students will receive guidance and feedback on coursework, including the DSE task.

Summative assessment: End of unit examination: Students will sit an examination at the end of the year consisting of written/computer-based papers. These will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Animal Disease elements as well as interpretation and problem solving skills and integration of information across the unit.

Coursework: Will include a Directed Self Education (DSE) task relevant to the Unit

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • End of unit written/computer-based examinations - 90%, comprising
    • Paper 1 (45%)
    • Paper 2 (45%)
  • Directed Self Education (DSE) task - 10%

Note: Students will be provided with more information about the DSE tasks in the unit handbook and / or by the unit organiser at the start of the academic year.

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine all the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Animal Disease 1 is a requirement for progression to Year 3.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations during the resit period.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.