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Unit information: Animal Disease 1 in 2015/16

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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 Dr. Harley
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


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 second Animal Disease unit in Year 3 and both units will underpin, and begin to integrate with, the third theme in the BVSc when clinical case management, advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills are developed. The unit 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 have:

  • A fundamental knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of the body’s response to disease, immunology and general pathology
  • A basic understanding of how the identification and description of pathological changes at molecular, cellular and tissue levels relate to the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of disease
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and agents of disease with an introduction to microbes and parasites of importance to veterinary practice and public health
  • A knowledge and understanding of the action of drugs upon the body and the use of drugs in the treatment and prevention of veterinary disease
  • Knowledge and understanding of the major parasites of veterinary importance and their effective treatment, control and prevention
  • An understanding of the integration between cause, effect, therapy and prevention of disease as applied to individuals, groups and populations

Teaching details

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

Assessment Details

Mid-sessional examination: Students will sit a mid-sessional examination in January consisting of a written/computer-based examination to test knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills.

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 two Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks such as presentations, written work, MCQs and EMQs.

Formative assessment: 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 DSE tasks.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • Mid-sessional written/computer-based examination - 20%
  • End of unit written/computer-based examinations - 70%
  • Two Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks - 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 in August / September

Reading and References

Quinn, P. J., Markey, B. K., Leonard, F. C., Hartigan, P., Fanning S., and FitzPatrick E. S., (2011). Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.

Taylor, M.A., Coop, R.L., and Wall, R.L. (2007). Veterinary Parasitology 3rd Ed. Blackwell Science.

Rang ,H.P., Dale, M.M., Ritter, J.M. (2012). Pharmacology 7th Ed. Churchill Livingstone.

Bishop, Y. (Ed.) (2005). The Veterinary Formulary 6th Ed. Pharmaceutical Press. Zachary, J.F., McGavin, M.D. (Eds) (2012). Pathological Basis of Veterinary Disease 5th Ed. Mosby.

Day, M.J., Schultz, R.D. (2011). Veterinary Immunology - Principles and Practice. Manson. [A Library e-book is available for this title].

Please consult the handbook for a more extensive reading list.