VET20170 Introduction to Pathobiology

Academic Year 2020/2021

Over the course of this module, students will acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of infection and immunology relating to domestic animals. Interactive lectures will cover the basic concepts of innate and adaptive immunity, the structure and function of lymphoid organs, the principles of vaccination and serological tests used in diagnostics, as well as the specific immune responses to infectious organisms. Students will also get an introduction to the infectious agents which cause disease in animals including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. In practical classes, students will carry out routine laboratory immunological techniques used in diagnosing infections of veterinary clinical importance. They will also be introduced to selected basic bacteriological and parasitological laboratory procedures, as well as the basic morphological features of these infectious organisms.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
Explain and give examples of innate and adaptive immunity relevant to veterinary medicine.
Explain concepts fundamental to the control of infection such as antigen recognition, antibody production and cell-mediated immunity.
Describe the general characteristics and understand the general biology of infectious agents.
Carry out simple and common diagnostic procedures using immunological techniques.
Perform selected routine techniques in bacteriology and parasitology.
Explain the principles of vaccination, and the uses and effects of specific vaccines to animal owners.

Indicative Module Content:

Innate immunity
Adaptive immunity
Regional immune systems and immune-privileged sites
Maternal and neonatal immunity
The lymphoid system
Introduction to microbiology & bacterial genetics
Introduction to virology
Introduction to parasitology
Introduction to pathology

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive lectures
Peer and group work
Lab work
Enquiry & problem-based learning
Active/task-based learning

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
VET20080 - Integ Physiol Comm

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group projects Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: short answer questions Week 8 n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No


Continuous Assessment: Practical lab assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No


Examination: short answer questions 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Gerald Barry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Joe Cassidy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Theo De Waal Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Stephen Gordon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Finola Leonard Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Bryan Markey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maurice Kinsella Tutor
Ms Elise O'Byrne-White Tutor
Ms Michelle Purcell Tutor
Dr Mary Sekiya Tutor
Mr John Wyatt Tutor