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VMED 5319

VMED5319 Veterinary Gross Pathology Course

Instructor information
Instructor's name: Arno Wünschmann
Office location: 262 VDL
Office hours: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Email address:

Course Details

Number of credits: 1 credit (can be repeated 2 times)

Enrollment cap:  5

Day, Time, Location:  TBA

Term:  Fall and Spring

Course prerequisites:
DVM/VMD or equivalent degree from a foreign institution and permission of instructor

Brief description of the course:
This practical course is intended for students pursuing residency and/or graduate training in Veterinary Anatomic or Clinical Pathology. Students are expected to develop skills in diagnosing gross lesions of tissues.  Evaluation of images from a wide variety of animals submitted to the laboratory is expected. Mock exams will be given on regular basis. The students will be required to prepare two in-depth reviews on specific topics that are covered during the course.

Required and recommended materials:
There are no assigned materials for this course.  

Course Goals, Objectives, and Expectations

The goal of this course is to help prepare residents/graduate students for a career in veterinary pathology and to assist them in developing the critical diagnostic skills that are necessary to be successful. 


  1. To recognize and describe gross lesions in animal tissues.
  2. To generate lists of morphological and etiological differential diagnoses for gross lesions of animal tissues.
  3. To obtain in depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of gross lesions and disease complexes through critical reviews of the recent scientific literature. 

Students are expected to attend the weekly gross slide seminars and to take mock exams during the course. Students are also expected to prepare two papers, focused on interesting cases, in which the recent scientific literature is critically reviewed. The purpose of these papers is to assist the students in becoming knowledgeable regarding the most recent theories of the pathogenesis of gross lesions and disease complexes and to assist them in developing their morphological and etiological differential diagnoses.


Schedule of assignments, papers, projects, etc.:
Assignments are regular participation in the course, taking two mock exams and preparing two in-depth scientific review papers. 

There are no examinations in this course. 

Grading standards:
Grading for this course will be based on an overall assessment of performance during the course, mock exams and completion of papers as satisfactory or non-satisfactory (S/N).  

Statement of academic misconduct:
Students guilty of academic misconduct will receive a grade of ‘non-satisfactory’ for the course  

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Classroom expectation guidelines:


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