Necropsy and Surgical Pathology (VETS9052)


This unit focuses on developing observation, interpretation and reporting skills for morbid anatomy and histopathology. Students will perform necropsies and select tissues for histopathological examination. They will also be exposed to techniques of processing and staining (H&E, special stains and immunohistochemical staining). There will be special attention paid to describing gross and microscopic changes, and writing reports. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of interpretation. At the end of this Unit of Study, students will: Perform necropsies on, and collect tissues from, standard species; Effectively describe and communicate gross pathological changes (necropsy and biopsy); Select fixed tissues for histopathological processing; Understand the theory and practice of tissue processing and staining; Examine and describe histopathological slides; Understand basic interpretive techniques; Write adequate biopsy and necropsy reports.

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5,000 word assignment and an oral presentation or equivalent.


Slauson DO. Cooper BJ. Mechanisms of Disease. A Textbook of Comparative General Pathology. 3rd edn. Mosby 2002
McGavin MD. Carlton WW. Zachary JF. Thomson's Special Veterinary Pathology. 3rd edn. Mosby 2000

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Students must have current registration with the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board, Australia and must be admitted into a UVTH residency training program.

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