VET SC 7011RW - Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    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. 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)
    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
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    Veterinary Clinical Pathology
    • Textbooks
    o 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 accessable 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)
    o 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)
    o Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2nd Ed. (2008), Steven L. Stockham, and Michael A. Scott.
     Roseworthy Library – 3 copies (636.089607 S8648f)
    o 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
    o 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)
    o Practical Veterinary Urinalysis, 1st Ed. (2012), Carolyn A. Sink and Nicole M. Weinstein
     Roseworthy Library – online and 1 copy (636.08966 S6179p)
    • Online resources
    o eClinPath. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine online textbook of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

    • Textbooks
    o 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
    o Canine and Feline Theriogenology, 1st Ed (2001), Shirley D. Johnston, Margaret V. Root Kustritz, Patricia S. Olson
     Available in print in the Roseworthy Library
    o 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
    o 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.
    o 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 TBL/practical quizzes Formative & summative 15% No 1-3 Weeks 1-6
    Theriogenology TBL/practical quizzes Formative & summative 15%


    4-5 Weeks 7-12
    Veterinary Clinical
    Pathology - In class written test
    Formative & summative 15% No 1-3 Weeks 3-4
    - In-class written test
    Formative & summative 15% No 4,5 Weeks 8-9
    Final theory exam - Veterinary Clinical Pathology Summative 20% Yes 1-3 Weeks 6-7 (end of Veterinary Clinical Pathology module)
    Final theory exam - Theriogenology Summative 20% Yes 4-5 End of semester exam period
    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

    Quizzes will be held within both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (15%) and Theriogenology (15%) modules. These quizzes will assess the understanding of the practical TBL sessions and associated lectures. The format for Veterinary Clinical Pathology is three quizzes of approximately 10 minutes and 5 multiple choice or short answer questions. The format for Theriogenology is 1-3 quizzes for a total of approximately 30 minutes and 20 questions. 

    In class written tests (30%) will be held within both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (15%) and Theriogenology (15%) modules. These tests will address understanding of the material presented to date and will provide students with a benchmark for their progress. The format for both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Theriogenology modules is up to 60 minutes and 45 multiple choice or short answer questions.

    Final theory exams (2 x 20%) will consist of both the Veterinary Clinical Pathology (20%) and Theriogenology (20%) 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 80 multiple choice 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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