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Unit information: Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease in 2019/20

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Unit name Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease
Unit code VETS30022
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Tarlton
Open unit status Not open


ANAT20303 as well as either PHYY20100 or PANM22041 & PANM22042


All other 4th year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


  • To provide an understanding of the basic processes of infectious disease and the 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 further develop an understanding of the basis of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments
  • 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 acquire a good knowledge of physiology and disease and how this informs therapy.
  • To understand the immune response to injury and infection, and how this relates to therapy including vaccination in the control of infectious disease.
  • To understand the principles of epidemiology and One Health, and be able to apply these principles in understanding disease processes seen within clinical nursing practice.
  • To be able to apply knowledge on veterinary public health to clinical practice.
  • To acquire 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

Lectures and Seminars

Assessment Details

Students will undertake a 3 hour paper (100%) to include two essay questions from a choice of four (2hrs) and also a data handling question (1 hr)

Students who fail to satisfy any of the above criteria will be deemed to have failed the whole unit.

Resit– as above

Reading and References


One Health Initiative - One World One Medicine One Health


Veterinary epidemiology: an introduction
Book by Pfeiffer, Dirk; dawsonera - 2010

Veterinary epidemiology
Book by Thrusfield, M. V.; Christley, Robert - 2018

Veterinary epidemiologic research
Book by Dohoo, Ian Robert; Martin, S. Wayne; Stryhn, Henrik - c2009

Handbook of evidence-based veterinary medicine
Book by Cockcroft, Peter D.; Holmes, Mark A.; dawsonera - c2003

Statistics for veterinary and animal science
Book by Petrie, Aviva; Watson, P. F.; dawsonera - 2013

Book by Male, David K - c2013