VET SC 7011RW - Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of important aspects of veterinary clinical pathology and theriogenology. In the Veterinary Clinical Pathology component of the course, students will learn to select appropriate laboratory tests and interpret the results for the diagnosis and management of animal disease. In the Theriogenology component of the course, students will gain the ability to recognise, diagnose, and treat clinical conditions affecting the reproductive system of domestic animals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7011RW
    Course Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites VET SC 7009RW
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment In-class tests, final theory examinations, quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Allan Kessell

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Understand the interaction of physiological and pathological processes in the context of veterinary clinical pathology.
    2. Select appropriate laboratory tests, interpret results, and integrate with available clinical information for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease and health.
    3. Understand laboratory techniques used to generate veterinary clinical pathology data, including any known advantages or limitations.
    4. Diagnose pregnancy in domestic animal species (including cows, horses and companion animals) and describe the steps and procedures to perform breeding management in these same species.
    5. Compare and contrast oestrous cycles, parturition and abortion in a variety of animal species, including the various diseases that affect each stage of reproduction.


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

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    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Veterinary Clinical Pathology
    • Textbooks: Duncan and Prasse's Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Pathology, 5th Ed. (2011) by Kenneth S. Latimer, Edward A. Mahaffey and Keith W. Prasse

    While this is listed as a required resource and remains the single most useful text for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, students should note that it is accessible as an online and hard copy reference through the University library system. Students may also find the course notes and online resources below also provide much of the included information.
    Recommended Resources
    These references are recommended in order to supplement materials provided in lectures. It is important to recognize that one of several texts on a given subject may suffice, and that the objective of providing more than one text on a subject is to cater for a variation in learning styles. It is beyond the scope of this course to read multiple textbooks on the same subject.

    Veterinary Clinical Pathology

    • Textbooks (a selection of the many available, for reference only. NB updated editions of some expected late 2022-early 2023)
    Atlas of Canine and Feline Peripheral Blood Smears, 1st Ed. (2014), Amy Valenciano, Rick Cowell, Theresa Rizzi, and Ronald Tyler
    - Roseworthy Library – 1 copy (636.08960756 V152a)
    Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2nd Ed. (2008), Steven L. Stockham, and Michael A. Scott.
    - RoseworthyLibrary – 3 copies (636.089607 S8648f)
    Canine and Feline Cytology: a Color Atlas and Interpretation Guide, 3rd Ed. (2016) or 2nd Ed. (2010), Rose E. Raskin and Denny J. Meyer.
    - Roseworthy library – online
    BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Clinical Pathology, 3rd Ed. (2016), Elizabeth Villiers and Laura Blackwood Eds.
    - Roseworthy Library – online and 1 copy (636.7089607 V752b)
    Practical Veterinary Urinalysis, 1st Ed. (2012), Carolyn A. Sink and Nicole M. Weinstein
    - Roseworthy Library – online and 1 copy (636.08966 S6179p)

    • Online resources
    eClinPath. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine online textbook of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

    • Textbooks
    Manual of Equine Reproduction, 3rd Ed. (2010), Steven P. Brinsko, Terry L. Blanchard, Dickson D. Varner, James Schumacher, Charles C. Love
    - Available in print in Roseworthy Library (636.108982 B8587m) and as eBook
    Canine and Feline Theriogenology, 1st Ed (2001), Shirley D. Johnston, Margaret V. Root Kustritz, Patricia S. Olson
    - Available in print in the Roseworthy Library
    Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology, 2nd Ed. (2007), R. S. Youngquist and W. R. Threlfall
    - Available in print in the Roseworthy Library (636.08982 Y79c) and as an eBook
    Equine Reproduction, 2nd Ed. (2011), A.O. McKinnon, E.L. Squires, W.E. Vaala, D.D. Varner.
    - Available at Roseworthy Campus Library High (636.108982 M1586e.2) and as an eBook.
    Pathways to Pregnancy and Parturition, 3rd Ed. (2012), Senger, PL
    - Available in print in the Roseworthy Library (612.6 S476p)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    3 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 1 hr tutorial, 1 x 3hr practicals per week

    There will be elements of on-line assessment available through the relevant MyUni page


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary

    The course is divided into 2 modules: Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology.

    It requires significant self-directed learning from each student, with guidance provided by the instructors. Lectures will provide some of the most pertinent information while practicals and/or tutorials are designed to reinforce this material and demonstrate its application.

    Veterinary Clinical Pathology will introduce laboratory methods for the diagnosis of disease, using a case-based approach. Methods and topics to be introduced include: haematology, biochemistry, urinalysis, faecal examination, endocrinology, cytology and fluid analysis, and acid-base disturbance.

    Theriogenology will include anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the reproductive system of domestic animals. Recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of common clinical conditions affecting the reproductive status of domestic species will be covered.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle Yes/No
    Outcomes being assessed/achieved
    Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Veterinary Clinical
    Pathology - In-class exam
    Formative & summative



    Weeks 3-4
    Veterinary Clinical
    Pathology - Final exam
    Summative 30%


    1-3 Weeks 6-7
    (end of module)
    - quizzes
    Formative & summative



    Weeks 7-13
    (throughout module)
    - Final exam 
    Summative 30% Yes 4,5 Exam period
    (end of semester)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
    Details of additional assessment, if available
    Final theory exams - Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology 50% required for each examination Yes

    Additional assessment will be available. Students not meeting the 50% hurdle will only re-sit the exam or exams (one or two) in which they did not achieve 50%.


    Assessment Detail

    An in-class written test (20%) will be held mid-module in the Veterinary Clinical Pathology module. This test will assess understanding of the material presented to date and will provide students with a benchmark for their progress. The format is up to 60 minutes and 45 multiple choice or short answer questions.

    Quizzes (20%) will be held during the Theriogenology module. The quizzes will assess the understanding of the material presented to date. The format for the quizzes is up to 30 minutes and 20 questions.

    Final theory exams (60%) will be held for both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (30%) and Theriogenology (30%) modules. The final exam for Veterinary Clinical Pathology will be held at the conclusion of that module (weeks 6-7) and the final exam for Theriogenology will be held in the final exam period. The exam format for both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology modules is up to 90 minutes and multiple choice and/or short answer questions.


    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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