Veterinary Clinical Pathology (VETS3243)


Veterinary Clinical Pathology involves the application of pathological, biochemical, haematological, microbiological and parasitological techniques and test results to clinical aspects of veterinary science. Special attention, throughout the course, is given to the application and interpretation of tests used in the diagnosis, prognosis and management of clinical disease through case report analysis. Material on disease is provided for companion and farm animals as well as wildlife. This course builds on Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Microbiology, and Veterinary Parasitology; integrates horizontally with Small Animal Medicine and Animal Disease taught within the same semester; and prepares students for both small animal practice and large animal health and production and clinical practice.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 36 x 1hr
practical/tutorials: 6 x 2 hrs


intra-semester: Tutorial / practical evaluation (10%), 1 x 1hr open book written exam (20%)
end of semester: 1 x 2hr open book written exam (70%)


VETS3243 Unit of Study Guide and Blackboard site contain detailed information and notes for Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
Recommended reading available from the University of Sydney Library:
Cowell RL. Tyler RD. Meinkoth JH. (eds.) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. Mosby Elsevier., St Louis, USA. 3rd edn. 2008. ISBN 9780323034227.
Cowell RL. Tyler RD. (eds.) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse. Mosby Inc., St Louis, USA. 2nd edn. 2002. ISBN 0-323-01317-1.
Latimer KS. Kenneth S. Mahaffey EA. Prasse KW. (eds.) Duncan & Prasse's Veterinary Laboratory Medicine - Clinical Pathology. Iowa State University Press, A Blackwell Publishing Co., Ames, Iowa, USA. 4th edn. 2003. ISBN 0813820707.
Eade SC. Bounous DI. (ed.) Pratt PW. Laboratory Profiles of Equine Diseases. Mosby Inc., St Louis, USA. 1st edn. 1997. ISBN 0-8151-1731-0.
Rebar AH. MacWillliams PS. Feldman BF. Metzger Jr FL. Pollock RVH. Roche J. (ed.) Cann CC. A Guide to Hematology in Dogs and Cats. Teton NewMedia, Jackson Wyoming. USA. 1st edn. 2002. ISBN 1-893441-48-2.
Raskin RE. Meyer DJ. (eds.) Atlas of Canine and Feline Cytology. WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, USA. 1st edn. 2001. ISBN 0-7216-6335-4.
Harvey J. Atlas of Veterinary Hematology. WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, USA. 1st edn. 2001. ISBN 0-7216-6334-6.
Kaneko JJ. Harvey JW. Bruss ML. (eds.) Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals. Academic Press/Elsevier, Boston, USA, 6th Edn, 2008. ISBN 9780123704917.
Baker R. Lumsden JH. (eds.) Color Atlas of Cytology of the Dog and Cat. Mosby Inc. St Louis, USA. 1st edn. 2000. ISBN 0-8151-0402-2.
Sodikoff CH. Laboratory Profiles of Small Animal Diseases. Mosby Inc., St Louis, USA. 3rd edn. 2001. ISBN 0-323-00956-5.
Davidson M. Else R. Lumsden J. (eds.) British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Cheltenham, UK. 1998. ISBN 0-905214-41-2.
Jain NC. Schalm's Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 4th edn. 1986. ISBN 0-8121-0942-2.
Feldman BF. Zinkl JG. Jain NC. (eds.) Schalm's Veterinary Hematology. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa, USA. 6th edn. 2010. ISBN 9780813817989.
Willard MD. Tvedten H. Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods. WB Saunders Co, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 4rd edn. 2004. ISBN 0721689035.
Reagan WG. Sanders TG. DeNicola DB. Veterinary Hematology - Atlas of common domestic species. Mansion Publishing, London, UK. 1st edn. 1998. ISBN 01-8745-88-X.
Thrall MA. Baker DC. DeNicola D. Fettman MJ. Lassen ED. Rebar A. Weiser G. (ed.) Troy DB. Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 1st edn. 2004. ISBN 0-683-30415-1.
Meyers DJ. Harvey JW. Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: interpretation and diagnosis. Saunders, St Louis, Missouri, USA. 3rd edn. 2004. ISBN 0721689264

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Satisfactory completion of semesters 1 to 5 of the BVSc

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