Course code Vete4078

Credit points 3

Internal Medicine, Herd Health I

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes28

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation22.11.2017

Responsible UnitClinical Institute

Course developer

author reserch

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

Vete2017, Animal and Environmental Hygiene II

Vete2018, Animal and Environmental Hygiene III

Vete4019, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics III

Vete4036, General Pathology I

Vete4037, General Pathology II

Vete4085, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics I

Vete4104, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition III

Vete4105, Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy and Toxicology I

Vete4110, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics I

Vete4111, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics II

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

In this course students learn classification and definitions of internal diseases, epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, and clinical signs of diseases, diagnosis principles, prognosis and disease treatment and prevention options. The context of animal species in this section is not highlighted.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge of diseases causes, pathogenesis, clinical findings, treatment and prophylaxis of diseases; knowledge of clinical examination methods; knowledge of collection of anamnesis data, about application of clinical symptoms and results of laboratory analyses in the differential diagnosis of disease and about limitations of application of treated animal products in human nutrition; Tests (6) • Skills to communicate effectively with clients, to collect anamnesis data, to interpret results of clinical and laboratory examination for differentiation diagnosis of diseases, to establish diagnosis, providing first aid. Skills to perform herd health control, to detect herd health problems and recognize causes of them in production animal unites; to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in animal production unit; Seminars. • Competent to explain the pathogenesis of diseases; to establish diagnosis; to create a treatment plan of different diseases. Seminars. Student’s presentations.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. Classification of cardiovascular disease. Pathophysiology of circulatory failure. (4,5h)
2. Pericardial diseases. Myocardial diseases. (3,5h)
3. Diseases of endocardium. Inherited cardiac defects. (3,5h)
4. Classification of respiratory diseases. Pathophysiology of respiratory insufficiency. (4,5h)
5. Inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.(3,5h)
6. Lung Parenchymal Diseases. Pleuritis (3,5h)
7. Classification of diseases of the digestive system. Pathogenesis of alimentary dysfunction. (4,5h)
8. Oral, throat and oesophagus diseases. Stomach disorders. (3,5h)
9. Gastrointestinal diseases. Ileus. Disease of Liver. Icterus. (3,5h)
10. Hepatic failure. Peritoneal diseases. (3,5h)
11. Classification of urinary tract disorders. Kidney failure. Uraemia. (4,5h)
12. Diseases of kidney. Disorders of Urinary Tract. (3,5h)
13. Classification of neurologic diseases. Epilepsy. (3,5h)
14. Encephalitis. Meningitis. (3,5h)
15. Classification of haemopoetic disorders. Pathophysiology of anaemia. Post-haemorrhagic anaemia. (3,5h)
16. Haemolytic anaemia. Deficiency-induced anaemia. Aplastic anaemia. (3,5h)
Totally: 32 lectures and 28 seminars

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.

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 MPS “Vecauce” (Clinical practice I) , thus ensuring the theoretical knowledge is strengthened in practice, ensuring the acquisition of practical clinical skills. During the study course, each student prepares a presentation on one of the current topics, optionally, which has not been widely discussed in the lectures and presents it during the seminar in front of the group. Assessment of the presentation is accepted as a equal mark for the current topic in the test.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Students' knowledge and skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical works.
Tests is evaluated in accordance with the 10 points system scale criteria indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.

Compulsory reading

1. Radostits O.M. , Gay C.C., Hinchcliff K.W., Constable P.D. A text book of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats. 10nd ed. Edinburg: Saunders, Elsevier, 2008. 1548 p. 2. Radostitis O. M. Herd Health: Food Production Animal Medicine. 3rd Edition. Edinburg: Saunders, 2001. 885 p. 3. Radositis O.M., Blood D.C., Gay C.C. Veterinary Medicine. 10-th edition. Bailliere Tindall, 2006. 1435 p. 4. Large Animal Internal Medicine. Ed.: Bradford P. Smith. 3rd Edition. St. Louis [etc.]: Mosby, 2002. 1735 p.

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 lpp 3. Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Edit. by H.R.Adams. AMES. 7-th ed. USA: Jowa State University Press, 1995. 1181 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