Full Title:Clinical Pathology
Module Code:VETS S7020
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give the student in depth knowledge of the principles & practice of laboratory testing as well as an introduction to pathology & disease.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Accurately and reliably perform a range of common veterinary laboratory tests
  2. Evaluate & report the results of laboratory tests.
  3. Describe the pathology of common systemic and infectious diseases.
  4. Describe the principles of infection, immunology, vaccination, wound healing and inflammation.
  5. Appraise scientific evidence and comprehend the basic principles of evidence-based medicine.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The basic pathology of common systemic diseases & injuries
Pathology of infectious/zoonotic diseases and the principles of infection control & biosecurity/biocontainment.
Toxicology: the identification & veterinary nursing interventions in cases of common animal toxins & poisoning
Aseptic technique & the correct collection & handling of blood, tissues and other body fluid samples
The safe packaging & dispatch of biological specimens to outside reference laboratories.
The principles and practise of haematology, biochemistry and serological testing
Performance of common laboratory tests, such as blood smears, cytology, microscopy and urinalysis.
Post-mortem samples and necropsy
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Practical class write ups and a practical skills assessment at the end of the semester. The write ups are designed to assess the students' understanding of the techniques they are performing in class. The practical skills examination tests their ability to perform analyses competently and introduces them to an OSCE-type examination situation. 1,2 40.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
If a student does not attend the practical classes they will have to repeat-attend the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Practical Sample collection and handling. Laboratory units, reference ranges, interpretation and reporting of results. Blood smears, haematology, biochemistry, urinalysis, cytology. Correct use and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Hygienic sample handling and disposal. ELISA and FAT test kits. Packaging of samples for external laboratories. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading Relevant resources are provided on Moodle. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hendrix 2007, Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 5th ed. Ed., Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 0323045723]
  • Aspinall, V. 2008, Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing, 2nd ed. Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 0080452663]
  • McCurnin and Bassert 2014, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th ed. Ed., Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 1416057005]
  • Rosenfeld, A.J. 2010, Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 0813810086]
  • Voight, G. & Swist, S. 2011, Hematology techniques and concepts for veterinary technicians, 2nd Ed., Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 9780813814568]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Gupta, R.C. 2007, Veterinary Toxicology (ebook), Elsevier [ISBN: 0123704677]
  • Jackson, M.L. 2007, Veterinary Clinical Pathology: An Introduction, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 0813821401]
  • Viliers, E. and Blackwood, L. 2005, Manual of Clinical Pathology, 2nd ed. Ed., BSAVA [ISBN: 090521479X]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 3 Mandatory