General Pathology

Course Code :1033FBDDIE
Study domain:Veterinary Medicine
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:85
Study load (hours):224
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Christophe Casteleyn

3. Course contents *

Theory : the following chapters will be discussed in detail:

-        Introduction: general terminology

-        Cellular and tissue responses to injury: i.e. (ir)reversible cell injury, cell death, cell adaptation, intra- and extracellular accumulations

-        Vascular disorders: i.e. edema, hemostasis, hemorrhage, thrombosis, shock

-        Inflammation: i.e. phases of the acute and chronic inflammation, types of inflammation

-        Wound healing

-        Neoplasia: i.e. nomenclature, characteristics, evolution and spread

The theory will be accompanied by several clinical examples.


Practical work : By means of microscopic slides and pictures of macro- and microscopic lesions, students will learn to appreciate and describe morphologic changes. The students collectively resolve tasks. Beside this, students will learn to perform a necropsy on an animal and will learn to take good biopsies.  In both cases, their technical skills will be further developed.


The learning outcomes of the entire course are situated at the following levels:

Theoretical knowledge:

- You master the pathological terminology. As a result, you are able to give definitions of of clinical terms. Since this is very important for the veterinarian, this item is scored on 5 out of 20 points on the examination.

- You are able to discuss/explain the theory behind the pathologies that are discussed during the lectures. The student will get one theory question on the examination that is scored on 5 out of 20 point.



- You are able to explain the origin of pathologies/lesions on the basis of the  provided theoretical knowledge and can give a prognosis.

- You have nsight in the relation between pathologies. The development of a pathology often induces several ther pathologies as well.

- You are able to sum up clinical symptoms that can be induced by specific lesions.

Insight will be evaluated on the examination using one question that will be scored on 5 points out of 20.



- You use the correct terminology in the correct context. This item is evaluated during the entire exam and during the continuous assessment during the practicals.

- You are able to make a list of differential diagnoses on the basis of clinical symptoms of lesions found during necropsy. This item is evaluated during the entire exam and during the continuous assessment during the practicals.

- You are able to recognize pathological processes on the basis of their micrsocopic appearence or the lesions found during necropsy. This item will specifically be evaluated by means of the projection of three microscopic images during the exam. This item accounts for 2 out of 20 points.