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Foundations of Veterinary Science B - VETS6108

Year - 2020

Understanding normal structure and function of the animal body is critical to understanding disease and dysfunction and as such, principles of preventative and therapeutic intervention. The overarching purpose of this unit of study is to provide an advanced understanding of the normal structure and function of the major co-ordinating Systems of the mammalian body and preliminary contextual understanding of the important concepts of pathophysiology and general pathology. The unit of study is underpinned by an understanding of basic concepts and the frameworks of structure and function achieved in the Foundations of Veterinary Science A. This Unit of Study will provide the foundation for advanced learning in DVM year 2 of systemic pathology, pathophysiology and aetiopathogenesis in the setting of the major organ systems in the context of clinical scenarios of companion and production animals.

Activities will vary from week to week, but will be a mixture of practical classes, tutorials, workshops and lectures.

quizzes (10%), group assignment (20%), group report (15%), final theory exam (45%), final practical exam (10%)

Dyce, KM, Sack, WO and Wensing, CJG (2010). Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. 4th Edition. Elsevier, St Louis. OR Singh, B and Dyce, KM (2018). Dyce, Sack, and Wensing's Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy. 5th edition. Elsevier, St. Louis.; Evans, HE and de LaHunta, A (2013). Miller's Anatomy of the Dog. 4th Edition. Elsevier, St Louis.; Samuelson, DA (2007). Textbook of Veterinary Histology. Elsevier, St Louis.; Sjaastad V, Sand, O and Hove, K (2010). Physiology of Domestic Animals. 2nd Edition. Scandinavian Veterinary Press, Oslo.; Zachary, JF and McGavin, MD (2012). Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease. 5th edition. Mosby, Elsevier.

Assumed knowledge
2 semesters of chemistry, 1 semester of biology, 1 semester of biochemistry




Faculty: Science

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 12.0
EFTSL: 0.25
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Hamutal Mazrier
HECS Band: 3
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