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VMED 5330

VMED5330 Veterinary Descriptive Histopathology

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Course details

Number of credits: 1 credit per semester (can be repeated only once) 

Enrollment cap: 6 

Day, Time, Location: 280 VDL, one day per week, 1 hour; day and time TBD 

Term: Fall and Spring 

Course prerequisites
Graduate student in Veterinary Medicine or Comparative and Molecular Biosciences with a DVM (or equivalent degree from a foreign institution) or instructor permission. 

Brief description of the course:
This course is intended for graduate students and residents that are pursuing studies in Veterinary Anatomical and Clinical Pathology specialties.  It consists of weekly, 1 hour long microscopic slide presentations and reviews covering a wide variety of diseases in domestic and non-domestic animals.  Students will be expected to prepare and present the microscopic slide cases selected by the instructors.  Students will be also responsible for preparation of discussions about the disease entities, differential diagnoses, and selected ancillary tests.  The material for the course consists of (but is not limited to) cases selected from the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab biopsy and necropsy services, AFIP (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) slide sets, and slide sets covering various veterinary pathology specialties (i.e. bone pathology, toxicopathology, swine diseases, etc).  Multiple instructors will be involved in selecting cases and moderating sessions.     

Recommended materials:

Jubb, Kennedy, Palmer: Pathology of Domestic Animals, 4th edition, 1993

Jones, Hunt, King: Veterinary Pathology, 6th edition, 1996

Carlton, McGavin: Thomson’s Special Veterinary Pathology, 3rd edition, 2001

Meuten: Tumors in Domestic Animals, 4th edition, 2002

Ihrke et al: Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat: Clinical and Histopathologic Diagnosis, 2nd edition, 2005.

AFIP websites: Veterinary Systemic Pathology and Wednesday slide Conferences

*Materials will be available in 220VDL 

Course Goals, Objectives, and Expectations

The goal of this course is to provide a structured forum in which students have to present quality histopathologic descriptions in front of a small, critical audience.  Emphasis is placed on accuracy of description, proper nomenclature, thoroughness, precision, and ability to summarize findings in appropriate morphologic and disease diagnoses and participation in discussions.  


  1. To practice recognizing and describing a wide variety of lesions in a variety of animals including species and diseases foreign to the US. 
  2. To practice presenting histopathologic descriptions in front of a critical audience and to participate in challenging discussions.
  3. To gain knowledge in veterinary pathology based on discussions of pathogenesis of diseases in relation to microscopic changes.

Students will be expected to write up all cases included in a weekly seminar (4-5 per class session) and present 1-2 cases.  Write-ups will include histologic description, morphologic diagnosis, disease diagnosis and/or differential diagnoses.  Students will also be expected to be prepared to discuss disease pathogenesis and comparative aspects of various diseases.  For students taking the course for a grade, selected case write-ups will be graded according to a key provided by the instructor.  Grading key and graded papers will be made available to the students.   


Schedule of assignments, papers, projects, etc.:
Assignments will consist of 4-5 microscopic slides per class session and presentation of 1-2 cases.  Slides will be made available to class participants 1 week in advance of the session.  A list of the themes/topics and instructors moderating each session will be provided at the beginning of the semester. 

There will be no examinations in this course. 

Grading Standards:
Grading for this course will be based on attendance, timely completion of case write-ups, quality of write-ups and presentations, participation in case discussion.  Students can choose between Satisfactory / Non-satisfactory or A-F grading.  

Statement of academic misconduct:
Students guilty of academic misconduct will receive a “non-satisfactory” grade for the course.  

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