Necropsy and Surgical Pathology Adv (VETS9056)


This Unit of Study focuses on developing advanced observation, interpretation and reporting skills for morbid anatomy and histopathology. Students will perform necropsies and select complete ranges of tissues for histopathological examination. They will also be expected to develop skills in techniques of processing a wide range of tissues and staining (in particular histochemical and immunohistochemical stains). There will be a greater emphasis paid to describing gross and microscopic changes, and writing reports. Students will be exposed to advanced levels of interpretation. At the end of this Unit of Study, students will: Perform necropsies on, and collect a wide range of tissues from, standard species; Describe and communicate gross pathological changes (necropsy and biopsy) at an advanced level; Select a wide range of fixed tissues for histopathological processing; Understand the theory and practice of routine tissue processing and staining; Understand the theory and practice of histochemical and immunohistochemical processing and staining; Perform histochemical and immunohistochemical processing and staining; Examine and describe histopathological slides to an advanced level; Be able to interpret common diseases from necropsy and biopsy material; Write superior biopsy and necropsy reports.

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6,000 words assessment, oral presentation (may be included in necropsy procedures), necropsy and surgical pathology techniques and reporting are a major emphasis and will incorporate most of the 6,000 words assessment


Slauson DO. Cooper BJ. Mechanisms of Disease. A Textbook of Comparative General Pathology. 3rd edn. Mosby 2002

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VETS9050 and VETS9052

Additional Information

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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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.

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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.