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Unit information: Animal Disease 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Animal Disease 2
Unit code VETS30028
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Tristan Cogan
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 2.


All other units in BVSc 3.

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The Animal Disease 2 unit is the second unit in the Animal Disease theme and builds upon the knowledge and understanding developed in the Animal Disease 1 unit. Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of the agents of disease, the management and prevention of diseases and the implications of animal disease on food safety and human and global health. The unit’s structure and delivery aims to support integration of the knowledge of cause, effect and prevention of diseases as applied to individuals, groups and populations at national and transnational levels. The unit also integrates with the third theme in the BVSc when clinical case management, advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills are developed. The unit will continue to develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Identify the major microorganisms and pathogens of animals, the diseases they cause, the mechanisms by which they cause disease, their modes of transmission, epidemiology, control and importance to veterinary practice and public health
  • Describe and apply the principles of laboratory recognition for the identification of a wide range of veterinary pathogens and the laboratory diagnosis of clinical episodes of infectious disease
  • Recognize the impact of animals on human health and well-being, the zoonotic diseases that humans contract from living animals and from eating animal-derived products, and the role of vets in assuring food safety
  • Recognize the broad implications of veterinary public health, the economic significance and impact of animal disease on human well-being, the veterinary surgeon’s role in control and eradication of disease, the legal responsibilities and the implications for transnational disease and global health
  • Show an understanding of the integration between cause, effect and prevention of disease as applied to individuals, groups and populations

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Individual and group work on Directed Self-Education (DSE) tasks
  • Facilitated small and large group activities
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Details

End of unit examination: Students will sit an end of unit examination in January consisting of written/computer-based examinations to test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Animal Disease elements as well as interpretation and problem solving skills and integration of information across the unit.

Coursework: Will include Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks such as presentations and written work.

Formative assessment: Students will have formative assessment in the unit for example questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. Students will receive guidance and feedback on coursework, including DSE tasks.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • End of unit written/computer-based examinations - 80%
  • Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks - 20%

Note: Students will be provided with more information about the DSE tasks in the unit handbook and / or by the unit organiser at the start of the academic year.

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Animal Disease 2 is a requirement for progression to Year 4.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations during the resit period.

Reading and References

Please refer to the central University reading list repository