Principles of Disease (VETS2013)


The overarching theme for this unit of study is the concept of disease as the result of interactions between the host, the agent of disease and environmental factors (HPEI). Diseases encountered in veterinary practice are used to illustrate these concepts. An understanding of the five fundamental pathological processes (general pathology) as host response to disease or the direct effect of agents of disease underpins this approach to disease. Physical, chemical, genetic and infectious agents of disease are introduced.
Previous subjects including anatomy, histology, physiology and cell biology lay the groundwork for this unit of study because it is essential to understand normal structure and function to be able to recognise and understand the implications of the disease state (abnormal structure and/or function).
Principles of Disease is vital in preparing the student for the specific disciplines studied in systemic pathology and studies of agents of disease (microbiology and parasitology), as well as for components of pharmacology in semester five of the course.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 74 hrs; practicals: 26 hrs


intra-semester: Online quizzes (7%); Practical Class Portfolio (8%); 1 x examination (10%)
end of semester: 1 x practical examination (15%); 1 x theory examination (60%)


VETS2013 Principles of Disease Unit of Study Guide

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Veterinary Science Year 1 (Semesters 1 and 2) and Year 2 (Semester 1 only)

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.