Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis (AVBS2001)


The overarching theme for this unit of study is the concept of the interaction between the host (or the animal), the agent of disease (genetics, physical, chemical and infectious agents) and environmental factors. In disease states, the host responds to the aetiological agent of disease and the environment through one of the basic five pathological processes that occur in tissues. These include inflammation and repair, degeneration and necrosis, circulatory disturbances, tissue deposits and pigments, and disorders of growth. A case based approach will be used whenever possible to illustrate these principles and enable the student to develop a problem solving approach and the skills of critical thinking.

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Further unit of study information


6 hrs/week (lectures and practicals)


Prac class exercises (15%), mid-semester exam (20%), practical exam (15%), written exam (50%)


McGavin, MD & Zachary JF 2007, Pathologic Basis of Disease 4th ed., Mosby
Playfair JHL and Chain BM 2009, Immunology at a Glance. 9th ed. Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-4051-8052-8
Tizard, Ian R 2009, Veterinary Immunology : an introduction. 8th ed. Saunders Elsevier St Louis, Mosby

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Unit of study rules


12cp from BIOL1XXX and 6cp from ANSC3103

Assumed knowledge

(CHEM1101 or CHEM1001 or CHEM1901) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1002 or CHEM1902)



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.