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Infections and Immunity Part A (VETS90107)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90107
Semester 1
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This subject is only to be taken by select students repeating DVM2 in 2019.

Enrolment in this subject will be governed by the 2018 MC-DVETMED progression rules – refer to https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/2018/courses/mc-dvetmed/notes.

Part A and Part B of this subject introduces students to the study of infectious agents as causes of disease in animals. The include as appropriate, taxonomic and life cycle considerations of arthropods, nematodes, trematodes and cestodes, protozoa, fungi, bacteria and viruses; the host-parasite interaction and the pathogenesis of disease, disease transmission and epidemiology, methods of diagnosis of infectious disease as well as vaccination and treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of Part A and Part B of this subject, students should be able to:


  • Understand the important biological characteristics of infectious agents that cause disease in animals
  • Understand how the immune system protects animals against pathogens
  • Explain how infectious agents exert their pathogenic effects and produce clinical signs of disease
  • Describe the distribution of infectious agents in nature and the methods of their spread amongst animals
  • Describe the principles of therapeutic and non-therapeutic control measures used to treat, limit or prevent infectious diseases
  • Apply an understanding of distribution of infectious agents and disease transmission to the context of public health and food safety
  • Appreciate the multifactorial nature of disease
  • Isolate and identify a range of infectious agents
  • Recognise lesions associated with specific infectious diseases

Generic skills

  • At the completion of Parts A and B of this subject, students should: Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline Understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry Be able to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication Be efficient managers of information Apply technology to the analysis of biological problems

Last updated: 1 May 2019