Agents of Disease (AVBS3001)


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 pathological and immunological processes taught in AVBS2001 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis. 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. This unit is located at the Camperdown campus.

Further unit of study information


lectures 3hrs/wk, laboratories/tutorials 2hrs/wk, group work 1hr/wk


1500wd individual review (25%), 1000wd scenario-based group assignment (15%), 2hr exam (50%), MCQ (10%)


A unit of study handbook and CE6 e-learning site will contain detailed information and notes for this unit.
Recommended textbooks: Quinn PJ, Markey BK, Carter ME, Donnelly WJ and Leonard FC, 2002, 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

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



Assumed knowledge

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-2

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.