Course code Vete1002

Credit points 1.50

Latin Language II

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes20

Independent study hours20

Date of course confirmation16.04.2011

Responsible UnitPreclinical Institute

Course developer


Arnis Mugurēvičs

Dr. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Course abstract

he terminology of veterinary medicine is developed on the basis of Latin language; therefore for successful studies of special subjects (anatomy, histology, pharmacology and pathology) knowledge of Latin language is required. Students must learn grammar of Latin language and to use correctly terms of veterinary medicine.
In the study course Latin II students acquire a basic knowledge of the use of Latin in clinical terminology, in terms formation, as well in Latin grammar regularity in the pharmacological terminology

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of Latin phonetics and grammar basic principles, as well as understanding of formation of Latin anatomical, histological, clinical, and pharmacologic terms. Tests- 2 written tests.
Skills to use veterinary terms in Latin of the special veterinary disciplines. Assessment - written assignments during lessons.
Competence to assess and understand the relevance and usability of veterinary Latin terms in specific cases Assessment –oral tasks during lessons.

Course Content(Calendar)

During the semester, the student learns the Latin language in 20 contact hours, arranged in two lessons in 10 seminars / workshops. Lesson Plan:
1. Clinical terminology, term formation. Basic principles of clinical terms formation.
2. Greek - Latin synonyms for tissue, secretion, excretion, age and gender organ marking. Terms for functional and pathological processes, states marking. Terms for physical properties, quality, attitudes and other characteristics marking.
3. Greek synonyms for Latin adjectives.
4. Use of prefixes and suffixes to form terms. Final sounds –osis; -iasis; -ismus; -itis; -oma in clinical terminology. Terms used in the history of the disease. Diagnosis.
5. Latin grammar legality in pharmacology terminology. Recipe, its parts. General pharmacological terminology review. Pharmaceutical nomenclature.
6. Verb. Dictionary form of verbs. Conjugation of verbs. Formulations used in the prescription, their form. Verb conjugation in the present. Active and passive voice. Imperative. Conjunctive use.
7. Numerals. Declension of numerals.. Serial numerals.. Roman cipars. Recipe, its constituent parts. The most important abbreviations used in the recipe. Latin names of chemical elements and compounds. Medicine names. Latin and Greek word roots and final sounds in medicine names. The most important pharmaceutical forms.
8. Adverbs. Adverbs used in the recipe.
9. Pronouns. Personal pronouns. Reflexive pronouns. Relative pronouns. Correlative pronouns. Preposition. Prepositions with accusative. Prepositions with an ablative. Prepositions with accusative and ablative. Prepositions with Genetive.
10. Particles. The most important prefixes in Latin and Greek terms. Taxonomy. Taxons in zoology. Taxons in botany.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Course contains 2 tests during the semester. To obtain a semester grade, you must pass an exam, which is divided into two parts - written and oral ones. To get access to exams, all tests should be credited. Students with grades on all 4 tests during both semesters higher than 8 have a chance to have a cumulative examination from the grades average value of the tests passed within study course Latin language I and Latin language II.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent tasks are assigned, analyzed and evaluated according to the calendar of the study course. Independent assignments help students to master new names and terms, as well as strengthen the Latin language acquired during lessons.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Study course tests are evaluated on the 10-point scale, the score is scored from 4 to 10 points. Evaluation of a study course test depends on the presentation of practical and theoretical knowledge. Study course tests are answered sequentially according to the course plan.

Compulsory reading

1. Strazds M. Latīņu valodas konspektīvā gramatika. – Rīga, 2002. – 91 lpp.
2. Latīņu- latviešu vārdnīca (veterinārmedicīnas studentiem un veterinārārstiem)/ sast. A.Mugurēvičs, Jelgava, 2006. – 55 lpp.
3. Вульф В.Д. Латинский язык и основы ветеринарной терминологии-М., 1998.-176c.
4. Валл Г.И Латинский язык: Учебник для ветеринарных специальностей вузов.-М. 1990.-190с.
5. Латинский язык и основы медицинской терминологии/ под ред. Чернявского М.Н. – 2-с изд.дом.-Минск, 1989.-350c.

Further reading

1. Roba E. LinguaLatina pharmaceutica. – Rīga, 1977.- 183 lpp.
2. Roba E. LinguaLatinapromedicis/ E.Roba, J.Altemente /2.izd.,- Rīga, 1973.-298 lpp.
3. Latingrammar/ ed.byR.Maidhoff.-Barrons.- 2009.-268 lpp

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latīņu- latviešu vārdnīca/ sast. A.Gavrilovs, Rīga, 1994.-520 lpp.
2. Čerfase L. Latīņu spārnotie teicieni.- Rīga, 1992.-294 lpp.
3. Latīņu – latviešu vārdnīca/ sast. K.Veitmane, L.Čerfase, H.Novaceks, A.Apinis.- Rīga, 1955.-1023 lpp.
4. – pieejamas: angļu- latīņu; latīņu- angļu; krievu- latīņu; latīņu- krievu vārdnīcas.


Latin language is compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine