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Unit information: Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease in 2015/16

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Unit name Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease
Unit code VETS30022
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Tarlton
Open unit status Not open


ANAT20303 as well as either PHYY20100 or PANM22041 & PANM22042


All other 4th year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

  • To provide an understanding of the basic processes of infectious disease and the impact on veterinary patients .
  • To clearly articulate how the immune system reacts to provide an appropriate response to injury and infection and how this informs veterinary treatment of patients with specific conditions .
  • To further develop an understanding of the basis of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments
  • To critically evaluate the function of research in informing clinical practice
  • To understand the concept and principles of One Health and its application to veterinary nursing practice
  • To extend the knowledge of students regarding the study of disease in the veterinary population (veterinary epidemiology)
  • To consolidate previous learning and apply it to relevant elements of veterinary public health
  • To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To acquire a good knowledge of physiology and disease and how this informs therapy.
  • To understand the immune response to injury and infection, and how this relates to therapy including vaccination in the control of infectious disease.
  • To understand the principles of epidemiology and One Health, and be able to apply these principles in understanding disease processes seen within clinical nursing practice.
  • To be able to apply knowledge on veterinary public health to clinical practice.
  • To acquire a coherent understanding of how research contributes to medical advances and disease control, and how using the principles of the scientific approach leads to evidence based medicine, better clinical practice and improved disease control.

Teaching Information

Lectures and Seminars

Assessment Information

Students will undertake a 3 hour paper (100%) to include two essay questions from a choice of four (2hrs) and also a data handling question (1 hr)

Students who fail to satisfy any of the above criteria will be deemed to have failed the whole unit.

Resit– as above

Reading and References

Essential: (Core materials for the curriculum that all students must read)

These will mostly be journal articles relevant to the teaching which are current at the time of delivery of the lectures. One Health Initiative

Animals + Humans = One Health 'One World, One Health, One Medicine' and 'One Health Journals and Special Issues' sections on the links page.

Recommended: (Materials needed for a deep and comprehensive understanding of the subject that students should read but perhaps selectively)

Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction By Dirk Pfeiffer ISBN:1405176946, 9781405176941

Veterinary Epidemiology, Third Edition, Michael Thrusfield ISBN-10: 0632063971; ISBN-13: 978-0632063970

Veterinary Epidemiologic Research - 2nd Edition, Ian Dohoo, Wayne Martin and Henrik Stryhn, featuring our very own Prof Bill Bowne in the chapter on Bayesian Stats.

Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, Peter Cockcroft & Mark Holmes, ISBN-10: 1405108908 | ISBN-13: 978-1405108904

Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science, Aviva Petrie & Paul Watson, ISBN-10: 063205025X | ISBN-13: 978-0632050253

Immunology (8th Edn) David Male et al (published by Elsevier/Saunders).

Further Reading: (Background to a subject or further specialised study that students are encouraged to read)