VET SC 7420BRW - Clinical Pathology Interpretation - Part B

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This Unit of Study focuses on the interpretation of veterinary clinical pathology data for the diagnosis of disease and wellness in domestic animal species. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation of haematological, biochemical, urinalysis and cytological test results, with additional exposure to parasitological, microbiological and molecular test results. Students will become familiar with sample requirements and basic laboratory processing techniques for all commonly reported tests and analytes. Students will gain an advanced understanding of pathological processes in the context of clinical pathology and develop the ability to integrate all the available data with results of additional testing modalities to provide high-level reporting to submitting clinicians.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7420BRW
    Course Clinical Pathology Interpretation - Part B
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7420ARW
    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: 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
    1 Understand sample requirements and basic processing techniques for routine haematology and biochemistry submissions, and develop the abilities to interpret test results and provide high-level reporting to clinicians.
    2 Develop a basic understanding of collection and processing requirements and of test interpretation, for more specialised analysis such as bone marrow aspirates, coagulation studies, endocrinological analysis, and protein assessment (acute-phase reagents, electrophoretic assessment).
    3 Understand sample requirements and basic processing techniques for urinalysis submissions, including biochemical and concentration assessment, perform wet-prep and stained sediment smear examinations, and interpret test results in the context of all available data to provide a professional level report to clinicians.
    4 Understand sample preservation requirements, perform processing techniques, and microscopically review cytological specimens (fluids, solid tissue aspirates) with interpretation and writing of high-level reports to clinicians.
    5 Review and in some cases perform testing (faecal) for parasitological, microbiological and molecular data, and interpret the results in the context of all available clinical pathology data for reporting of findings to submitting clinician.
    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 - 5
    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 - 5
    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
    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 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The student will be supervised by faculty veterinary pathologists and professional laboratory staff in receipt, processing and examination of veterinary clinical pathology specimens received through the University of Adelaide’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Specimens will comprise the major domestic species and wildlife species (where available). There will be opportunity for placement at external veterinary laboratories such as AgriBio (LaTrobe University), and the 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 for clinical pathology cases    
    • Weekly clinical pathology case studies of current and archived VDL submissions
    • Review of any cytological images in Noah’s Arkive and Wednesday slide conference
    • 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)
    Textbooks (a selection of the many available, for reference only)
      • 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.
        • Roseworthy Library – 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.
      • Relevant journal articles (Vet Clin Path, JVDI, J Comp Path, NEJM) for current and preceding 2 years
    • Review of gross pathology images (Noah’s Archive, Cornell website, etc)
    Guidelines for Resident Training in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. I. Clinical Chemistry. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2003; 32:202-208.
    Guidelines for resident training in veterinary clinical pathology. II. Hematology. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2006; 35:382–387.
    Guidelines for resident training in veterinary clinical pathology. III: Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2009; 38:281–287.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must have current registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.
    All assessments are compulsory.
  • 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
    1,500 word case log (clinical pathology cases) Formative and summative 20% No 1, 2, 3 Week 12 semester 1
    1,500 word case log (clinical pathology cases) Summative 50% Yes 1, 2, 3 Week 12 semester 2
    Ongoing assessment of clinical performance (50%) Formative and summative 30% Yes 1, 4, 5 Ongoing
    Oral presentations (e.g. rounds presentations) Formative 0% No 1, 4, 5 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
    1,500 word case log (clinical pathology 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 Clinical Pathology Interpretation course is a 3 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.

    1,500 word case log (20%)
    The case logs will comprise largely written clinical pathology interpretations. This will be due at the end of the first semester. Assessment is formative and summative.

    1,500 word case log (50%)
    The case logs will comprise largely written clinical pathology interpretations. 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:

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.