Course code Vete4122

Credit points 3

Infectious Diseases II

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures20

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes20

Independent study hours41

Date of course confirmation19.01.2022

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developers

author lect.

Gundega Mūrniece

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

author prof.

Kaspars Kovaļenko

Dr. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Vete4107, Infectious Diseases I

Course abstract

Students get knowledge on canine, feline, equine and swine infectious diseases that are caused by various bacteria and viruses; significance of these diseases and the prevalence in the republic, Europe and the world. Study the causative agents, sources and transmission, clinical signs and lesions, diagnostic methods, treatment options, control and preventive measures.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: understanding of canine, feline, equine and swine infectious diseases, their control, treatment and prevention – 3 tests.
Skills: ability to make a diagnose based on the clinical sings of infectious diseases; provide treatment protocols and recommend preventive and control measures – practical lessons.
Competency: after the course, students are able to analyze the information on infectious diseases, are able to independently carry out a diagnosis, treatment plan and preventive measures; and are able to use the acquired knowledge for finding solutions of infectious disease control –KEGA work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Distemper. Canine infectious hepatitis. Canine parvovirus infection. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
2. Canine infectious respiratory disease complex. Feline infectious respiratory disease complex. Feline panleukopenia. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
3. Feline leukaemia. Feline immunodeficiency. Feline infectious peritonitis. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
4. 1st test (canine and feline infectious diseases) 1h. Malleus. Strangles. 1h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
5. African horse sickness. Equine infectious anaemia. Equine rhinopneumonia. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
6. Equine influenza. Equine infectious arteritis. Equine infectious encephalomyelitis. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
7. 2nd test (equine infectious diseases) 1h. Swine erysipelas. Classic swine fever. African swine fever. 1h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
8. Swine mycoplasma diseases. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
9. Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE). Porcine parvovirus infection. Swine dysentery and proliferative ileitis. Porcine circovirus infections. 2h lectures and 2h practical lessons.
10. 3rd test (swine infectious diseases) 1h. KEGA defence 3h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed three tests and passed Clinical and Epidemiological Case Analysis (KEGA) work and exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Clinical and Epidemiological Case Analysis (KEGA) work on animal infectious diseases. KEGA must be based on defining a problem in the field of infectious diseases or clinical case. The work consists of defined problem or clinical case description, literature review and discussion. Maximum page count 10p. After submitting the written form of the work, it must be defended by public discussion. The work must be submitted and defended within the deadline set by the course supervisor.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical work.
The study course tests are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.

Compulsory reading

1. MSD Manual, Veterinary manual
2. Sykes J. Greene's Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. United States of America: Elsevier, 2012. p. 1354 p. Ir LLU Veterinārmedicīnas fakultātes Informācijas centrs - Šifrs: 636/39:61/726 - Skaits: 1 eks.

Further reading

1. Oxford textbook of zoonoses: biology, clinical practice, and public health control. Ed. S. Palmer. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. p. 884 p.
2. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2011. Challenges of animal health information systems and surveillance for animal diseases and zoonoses. Rome, 2011. p. 122 p. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. An International Journal on Animal Infection.EDP Sciences. ISSN: 1297-9716
2. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. Blackwell Verlag GmbH. ISSN: 1865-1682
3. The Veterinary Journal. ELSEVIER. ISSN: 1090-0233


Compulsory course of the study programme Veterinary medicine.