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Unit information: Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease in 2020/21

Unit name Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease
Unit code VETS30022
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Garcia da Noiva
Open unit status Not open

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School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


  • To provide an understanding of the basic processes of infectious disease and their impact on veterinary patients
  • To clearly articulate how the immune system reacts to provide an appropriate response to injury and infection and how this informs veterinary treatment of patients with specific conditions
  • To critically evaluate the function of research in informing clinical practice
  • To understand the concept and principles of One Health and its application to veterinary nursing practice
  • To extend the knowledge of students regarding the study of disease in the veterinary population (veterinary epidemiology)
  • To consolidate previous learning and apply it to relevant elements of veterinary public health
  • To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcomes

Intended learning outcomes

  • To collect, integrate and communicate reliable knowledge of physiology of disease and how this informs therapy.
  • To explain and illustrate the immune response to injury and infection, and how this relates to therapy including vaccination in the control of infectious disease.
  • To explain principles of epidemiology and One Health, and be able to apply these principles in understanding disease processes seen within clinical nursing practice.
  • To correctly and effectively apply knowledge on veterinary public health to clinical practice.
  • To demonstrate a coherent understanding of how research contributes to medical advances and disease control, and how using the principles of the scientific approach leads to evidence based medicine, better clinical practice and improved disease control.

Teaching details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Small group working

Use of Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

Students will undertake formative individual and group tasks (e.g. creation of
presentations, review of papers) as part of the unit. These tasks will prepare
students for the summative capstone assessment.

Summative Assessment:

An individual summative assessment task (100% of Unit Marks) building on and demonstrating the knowledge and skills developed during the unit. Students must achieve the passmark (40%) in summative assessment. There will be an opportunity to resubmit the summative assessment task (during the resit period) if required.

Reading and References

Please refer to the central University reading list repository: