Veterinary Pathology (VETS3011)


Veterinary Pathology is the study of disease and disease processes in animals and includes learning skills to understand and recognise disease in a range of animal species. Pathology is one of the core knowledge areas for veterinarians and additional training in the area would be required for those aspiring to become specialist veterinary pathologists.
The course is a practically-orientated systemic pathology unit that builds on the knowledge of normal structure and function, general pathology and agents of disease, developed in years 1, 2 and 3 of the degree.
Horizontal integration with units of study addressing infectious agents of disease (Veterinary Microbiology and Veterinary Parasitology) is encouraged.
The Integrative Case-based Applied Pathology (ICAP) component strongly integrates preclinical and paraclinical knowledge in a relevant clinical diagnostic setting and develops a diagnostic pathology reporting approach. This component allows the student to use knowledge and skills in pathology to build a diagnostic approach to disease.
Topics within the unit of study are strongly vertically integrated into Veterinary Clinical Pathology in Year 3 Semester 2.

Further unit of study information


Intensive tutorials and case-based learning activities up to 80 hours dealing with systemic pathology


Pathology Case Report (20%), 1 x mid-semester practical examination (10%), 1 x end of semester theory examination (60%) and practical examination (10%)


VETS3011 Veterinary Pathology Unit of Study Guides
The Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th Edition, Zachary and McGavin 2012. Elsevier.

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Unit of study rules



Assumed knowledge

Veterinary Science 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.