Veterinary Microbiology (VETS3040)


Veterinary Microbiology encompasses veterinary bacteriology, virology, and mycology. This unit of study uses clinical cases and research studies to 1) explore the unique features of these infectious agents, 2) explore their role in the development of animal disease; 3) critically analyse the strategies used for their diagnosis, treatment and control; and 4) encourage an evidence based approach to investigating clinical problems. Veterinary microbiology is based on an understanding of the structure and function of bacteria, viruses and fungi of veterinary significance as well as the pathological and immunological processes taught in Principles of Disease VETS2013. Veterinary Microbiology helps to prepare students for Animal Disease VETS3242, clinical subjects and life in veterinary practice.

Further unit of study information


Intensive tutorials and case-based learning activities up to 65 hours


intra-semester: Case-based theory examination (15%); Assignment: Development of a visual learning tool for microbiology (20%)
end of semester: Case-based theory examination (45%); Case-based practical examination (20%)


Textbook of Veterinary Microbiology (VETS3040) and Animal Disease (VETS3242): Virology, Mycology and Special Bacteria. University of Sydney. 2013

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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.