Course code Vete4019

Credit points 1

Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics III

Total Hours in Course20

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for laboratory classes12

Date of course confirmation22.11.2017

Responsible UnitClinical Institute

Course developer

author Klīniskais institūts

Ilmārs Dūrītis

Dr. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Ķīmi3016, Organic Chemistry

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete4036, General Pathology I

Vete4037, General Pathology II

Vete4110, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics I

Vete4111, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics II

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

The Laboratory Diagnosis gives additional (diagnostic) knowledge in relation to all clinical study subjects. The Clinical biochemistry gives a systemic approach to evaluation of patient’s clinical signs; helps to differentiate and establish diagnosis of internal diseases.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about interpretation of laboratory test results in examination of different biological substrates (blood, urine, faeces, expectoration, etc.), additional diagnostic methods and their use in veterinary medicine. Colloquiums (2); Skills: to obtain anamnesis methodologically correctly, to examine systems of organs of different species of animals (horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, dogs, cats) using basic methods of clinical examination (inspection, palpation, auscultation, percussion),to use animal fixation methods in order to examine specific organs or systems of organs, as well as perform necessary diagnostic manipulations (catheterization, tubing etc), to obtain and correctly prepare for referring to laboratory samples of different biological substrates. Laboratory works. - Ability to set up primary diagnosis as outcome of analyses of obtained symptoms. Ability to evaluate overall state of health following results obtained during clinical and special examination (including laboratory tests) Laboratory works.

Course plan

1. Methods for obtaining, curing and storing biosubstances (blood, urine, etc.). (2,5 h)
2. Diagnostic of electrolytes disturbances. Diagnostics of endocrine disorder. (2,5 h)
3. Diagnosis of liver and pancreatic diseases. (2,5 h)
4. Diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases. (2,5 h)
5. Diagnosis of acute and chronic kidney failure. (2,5 h)
6. The importance of urinary analysis in clinical diagnostics. Investigation of cavity effusion. (2,5 h)
7. Diagnosis and classification of anaemia. (2,5 h)
8. Clinical evaluation of leucocyte populations. (2,5 h)

Totally: 8 lectures and 12 laboratory works

Requirements for awarding credit points

Colloquiums must be scored with a successful grade in order to get the final grade of the study course "passed". Absence of practical work is not more than 30% of the total number of lessons. If missed practical works are more than 30% of the total number of lessons, then the course must be repeated. Passed study course Clinical and laboratory diagnostic I and II.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students are provided with access to e-learning materials. Throughout the semester, student practice are organized at the Veterinary Clinic, thus ensuring the theoretical knowledge is strengthened in practice, ensuring the acquisition of practical clinical skills.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Students' knowledge and skills are evaluated in accordance with the procedures specified in the practical assignments, in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Student Regulations.
The final grades of the study course form the average mark of all successfully completed colloquiums.

Compulsory reading

1. Willard M.D., Tvedten H., Turnvald G.H. Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1994. 377 p. 2. Latimer K.S., Mahaffey E.A., Prasse K.W. Veterinary Laboratory Medicine. Clinical pathology. 4th Edition. USA: Blackwell, 2003. 450 p. 3. Dhanotiya R.S. Textbook of veterinary biochemistry. 2-nd ed. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers, 2004. 455 p. 4. Liepa L. Asiņu bioķīmisko rādītāju klīniskā interpretācija govīm. Jelgava: LLU, 2000. 44 lpp.

Further reading

1. Kahn M.C., Line S. The Merck Veterinary Manual. 2010 2. Meyer D., Harvey J.W. Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: Interpretation and Diagnosis. 3rd ed. 2004. 532 p 3. Baumgartner W. Klinische Propadeutik der Haus- und Heimtiere. Parey, 2009. 525 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Wiley Blackwel. ISSN: 1939-1676 2. The Veterinary Journal. ISSN 1090-0233


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine