VET SC 7410ARW - Advanced Necropsy and Surgical Pathology - Part A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course focuses on developing advanced skills in observation, interpretation and reporting skills for veterinary gross pathology and histopathology. Students will build on skills learnt in Necropsy and Surgical Pathology, performing necropsies and histopathological examinations with greater emphasis placed on description and interpretation of lesions and responsibility in the report writing. They will also be exposed to more advanced techniques of processing and staining and microscopic technique, and introduced to critical literature review and experimental and diagnostic study design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7410ARW
    Course Advanced Necropsy and Surgical Pathology - Part A
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Contact Up to 10 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7400BRW
    Restrictions Restricted to Master of Philosophy in Veterinary Pathology students only. Restricted to domestic students only who have completed a DVM (or equivalent).
    Assessment Case logs, clinical performance, oral presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Lucy Woolford

    Academic Staff

    Dr Lucy Woolford
    Leske Building, Roseworthy Campus
    Phone: 8313 7632

    Dr Scott Lindsay
    Leske Building, Roseworthy Campus

    Associate Professor Milton McAllister
    Leske Building, Roseworthy Campus

    Dr Stephen Pyecroft
    Leske Building, Roseworthy Campus

    Associate Professor Ryan O’Handley
    Leske Building, Roseworthy Campus

    VDL Professional Staff

    Ms Kathy Olorenshaw
    Laboratory Manager
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 191-

    Mr Adrian Hines
    Necropsy and Parasitology Technician
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 1909

    Ms Rebecca Summerton
    Clinical Pathology Technician
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 1911

    Ms Tracey Murnane
    Clinical Pathology Technician
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 1914

    Mr Ken Lee
    Microbiology Technician
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 1915

    Ms Cheryl Day
    Histology Technician
    Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Roseworthy campus
    Phone: 8313 1917
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Perform and report on post mortem examinations at an advanced level, providing interpretation on changes observed.
    2 Examine, describe, interpret and report histopathological slides at an advanced level.
    3 Select appropriate and interpret ancillary diagnostic assays (microbiology, virology, molecular diagnosis, parasitology).
    4 Recall and outline the theory and practice of routine tissue processing and staining and immunohistochemistry.
    5 Communicate complex pathological findings and their significance to clinicians, researchers, and other clients.
    6 Perform critical review of the literature and design experiments and diagnostic investigations.
    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)
    1 - 6
    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
    1, 2, 5, 6
    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
    1, 2, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 - 6
    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
    5, 6
    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
    5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    The student will be supervised by faculty veterinary pathologists in post mortem and surgical biopsy examination of specimens received through the University of Adelaide’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Specimens will comprise the major domestic species and wildlife species (as available). There will be opportunity for placement at external veterinary laboratories such as AgriBio (LaTrobe University), and Australian Animal Health Laboratory (CSIRO -  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).

    Learning activities will comprise a mix of independent and mentor guided study, including but not limited to:
    • Supervised participation in the diagnostic service case load at the University of Adelaide’s VDL
    • Written reports and case log book
    • Weekly histological case studies of current and previous Joint Pathology Centre archived cases
    • Participation in clinical rounds within the VDL and Veterinary Health Centres
    • Study of pertinent texts and resources (As per recommendations of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists)
      • One general pathology textbook:
        • Robbins and Cotran (chapters 1–7), OR
        • McGavin and Zachary (section 1)
      • One veterinary pathology textbook:
        • Jubb, Kennedy, and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals, OR
        • McGavin and Zachary’s Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease (section 2)
      • Relevant journal articles (Vet Path, JVDI, J Comp Path, NEJM) for current and preceding 2 years
    • Review of gross pathology images (Noah’s Archive, Cornell website, etc)
    Munson, L., et al. (2010). "Elements of good training in anatomic pathology." Veterinary Pathology 47(5): 995-1002.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must have current registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia. Necropsy and Surgical Pathology is a prerequisite course.
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome Due
    3,000 word case log (post mortem and biopsy cases) Formative and summative 20% No 1, 2, 5 Week 12 semester 1
    3,000 word case log (post mortem and biopsy cases) Summative 50% Yes 1, 2, 5 Week 12 semester 2
    Ongoing assessment of clinical performance (50%) Formative and summative 30% Yes 3, 4, 6 Ongoing
    Oral presentations (e.g. rounds presentations) Formative 0% No 6 Ongoing
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement, if no please explain If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    3,000 word case log (post mortem and biopsy cases) 50% Yes Resubmission of case log
    Ongoing assessment of clinical performance (50%) 50% No. The course would need to be repeated. As this is ongoing assessment beginning when the course begins, students will be alerted early on if their performance is substandard and not likely to result in completion of the hurdle.
    Assessment Detail
    The Advanced Necropsy and Surgical Pathology course is a 6 unit course delivered over 2 semesters, comprised of Part A and Part B. A final grade is only given in Part B, which comprises all assessments undertaken in Part A and Part B.

    3,000 word case log (20%)
    The case logs will comprise largely written post mortem and surgical biopsy reports. This will be due at the end of the first semester. Assessment is formative and summative.

    3,000 word case log (50%)
    The case logs will comprise largely written post mortem and surgical biopsy reports. This will be due at the end of the second semester. Assessment is summative. 

    Ongoing assessment of clinical performance (30%)
    Assessment will be conducted by supervising pathologist/s. Students will be assessed on the basis of a rubric which evaluates Knowledge, Diagnostic Reasoning and Problem solving, Technical Skills, Communication Skills, Case management and Professional behaviours. Assessment is ongoing throughout semesters 1 and 2.

    Oral presentations (0%)
    Students will be required to present cases or seminars to peers/ colleagues throughout the course. Feedback will be informal from mentors/ peers. This is a formative assessment.
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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