Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Veterinary Infectious Diseases
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
Workshop 1 x 4 Hour Workshop
Field Trip 1 x 4 Hour Field Trip
Seminar 1 x 2 Hour Seminar
Practical 1 x 4 Hour Practical


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report/Essay  (max 2500 words)  30%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply fundamental knowledge in immunology and parasitology to provide a greater understanding of disease development.

2. Describe and critically discuss major infectious diseases of farm animals, horses and companion animal species.

3. Identify and critically assess measures for prevention and control of infectious diseases.

4. Discuss notifiable diseases from an immunological perspective.

5. Identify and describe zoonotic diseases and critically evaluate the measures which could be taken to minimise the risks of infection to humans.

6. Evaluate the immunological mechanisms that lead to hypersensitivity and autoimmune responses with particular focus on veterinary examples.

Brief description

This module will deal with advanced biological aspects of infectious organisms and the infected animals' immune responses, focusing on farm and companion animal species. Special emphasis will be given on the infection and control of bacterial (e.g. bovine TB), viral (e.g. myxomatosis) and parasitic diseases (e.g. fleas) prevalent in the United Kingdom. Notifiable and zoonotic diseases will also be discussed.


- Conveying the unique biology of different veterinary infectious diseases (viral, bacterial and parasitic)
- Evaluating different aspects of immune responses elicited by veterinary infectious diseases and how they link to the biology of the pathogen
- Understanding the mechanisms pathogens use to evade the host immune responses
- Defining the important factors relating to disease outbreaks and notifiable diseases
- Examining the zoonotic nature of these diseases (e.g. rabies) and the "One Health" concept


This is a brief outline of module content week by week, however week designations and content may vary.

Veterinary viral, bacterial and fungal diseases (Weeks 1-4 - Lectures & practical)
Understanding disease outbreaks (Week 5-6 - Lectures and seminar)
Veterinary parasitic diseases (Week 7-9 - Lectures and practical)
Veterinary Immune Disorders (Week 10-11)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Practical classes will involve the collection and analysis of data through a variety of techniques. Analysis will be assessed in the associated coursework and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and coursework, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this coursework will be given. Students will develop oral communication skills as part of the seminars. Feedback on this will be given in the seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the seminar report and the exam. Presentation of coursework will be assessed, which should be prepared on a computer and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Practical classes and the 1st seminar will involve problem solving. These will be assessed in associated coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Research skills The coursework and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Subject Specific Skills During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary terminology. They will also learn the current legislation regarding notifiable diseases of veterinary diseases.
Team work The seminars will be performed in groups, with discussion within the groups as to the most important points to communicate. Feedback on this will be given in the seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 6