VET SC 7011RW - Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of clinical pathology and theriogenology. Students will gain the ability to recognise, diagnose, and treat clinical conditions affecting the reproductive system of domestic animals. In addition, they will be able to interpret the results from laboratory exams that aid in the diagnosis of diseases affecting 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
    Incompatible VET SC 7008RW
    Course Description This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of clinical pathology and theriogenology. Students will gain the ability to recognise, diagnose, and treat clinical conditions affecting the reproductive system of domestic animals. In addition, they will be able to interpret the results from laboratory exams that aid in the diagnosis of diseases affecting domestic animals.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Scott Lindsay

    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. explain the interaction of physiological and pathological processes in the context of clinical pathology
    2. diagnose diseases and problems through clinical pathological techniques
    3. use clinical pathology in the monitoring of large and small animal cases in veterinary practice
    4. diagnose pregnancy in a variety of animal species
    5. compare and contrast oestrus cycles, parturition and abortion in a variety of animal species, including the various diseases that affect each stage


    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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
    Pathology - In class written test
    Formative & Summative 15% No 1,2,3 Weeks 8-9
    - In class written test
    Formative & Summative 15% No 4,5 Weeks 3-4
    & Clinical Pathology TBL/practical quizzes
    Summative 30% No 4,5 Throughout semester
    Final theory exam (Clinical Pathology 20% and
    Theriogenology 20%)
    Summative 40% Yes 1-6 End of semester exam weeks
    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 exam (Clinical Pathology 20% and Theriogenology 20%) 65% Yes

    Additional assessment will be available


    Assessment Detail

    Theriogenology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology TBL/Practical quizzes (30%): quizzes will be held within both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (15%) and Theriogenology (15%) practicals or TBL sessions. These quizzes will assess the understanding of the practical or TBL sessions.

    In class written tests (30%). Tests will be held within both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (15%) and Theriogenology (15%) modules. These tests will address understanding of the material presented and will provide students with a benchmark for their progress.

    Final theory exam (40%). The final theory exam will have two components: Theriogenology (50% of the exam) and Veterinary Clinical Pathology (50% of the exam).


    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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