Various microscopic and macroscopic organism can be seen to interact and adapt to the animal host, many of these interactions can lead to deleterious effects on animal health. The aim of this unit is to examine and appreciate the diversity of various disease causing agents (microbiological and parasitological) of significance to animal industries and the various strategies employed by those agents in the host-pathogen-environment interaction. This study is based on an understanding of the physical, chemical and genetic characteristics of infectious agents of disease and builds on the fundamental knowledge of pathological and immunological processes taught in 2000 level units of the Animal Health, Disesae and Welfare major. A scenario/case based approach will be used whenever possible to enable the students to develop problem solving approaches and skills in critical thinking. Cases selected will be those that best illustrate particular concepts and/or are of particular significance to the animal/veterinary industry. Research and industry focus activities will infuse the subject content and student learning outcomes of this unit. At the completion of the unit you will have acquired detail knowledge of relevant veterinary pathogens and an appreciation of how mangements strategies can impact upon disesae risk in animal populations. You will also gain practical skills in the laboratory diagnosis of many of these infectious agents. This unit is located at the Camperdown campus.
lectures 3 hours per week, laboratories/tutorials 2 hours per week, group work 1 hour per week
1500wd individual review (25%), 1000wd scenario-based group assignment (15%), 2 hour exam (50%), MCQ (10%)
A Unit of Study outline and LMS will contain detailed information and notes for this unit. Recommended textbooks: Quinn PJ, Markey BK, Carter ME, Donnelly WJ and Leonard FC, 2011, Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease. Blackwell Science, Oxford Songer JG and Post KW, 2005, Veterinary Microbiology: Bacterial and Fungal Agents of Animal Disease. Saunders, St Louis Hirsh DC, MacLachlan NJ and Walker RL, 2004, Veterinary Microbiology, Blackwell Science, Oxford