Course code Vete4108

Credit points 3

Infectious Diseases II

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes30

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation07.04.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developer

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 can be caused by various bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, chlamydia, pathogenic fungi and prions; significance of these diseases and the prevalence in the republic, Europe and the world. Also the causes, sources and, clinical and pathological-anatomical manifestations, diagnostic methods, treatment options and medications and eradication methods of infectious diseases.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: understanding of canine, feline, equine and swine infectious diseases, control, treatment and prevention – 3 tests.
Skills: ability to independently, diagnose, treat and prevent zoonotic infectious diseases- practicals.
Competency: after the course, students are able to analyze the information on zoonotic infections, are able to independently carry out a diagnosis and treatment and preventive measures and also are able to use the acquired knowledge in a radical new approach to finding solutions for infectious diseases. – KEGA work and defence.

Course Content(Calendar)

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

Requirements for awarding credit points

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

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 definition of problem in field of infectious diseases or clinical case. The work consists of defined problem or clinical case description, literature review and discussion. Maximum page count 10 p. After submitting the written form of 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. The Merck Veterinary Manual. S.Aiello, M.A. Moses (Eds.). 11th ed. Philadelphia: John Wiley&Sons, 2016. 3000 p. 2. Trubka R. Mājdzīvnieku infekcijas slimības. 1. daļa. LLU. Jelgava, 2001. 127 lpp. 3. Colville J., Berryhill D. 2007. Handbook of Zoonoses. Elsevier - Health Sciences Division. Salt Lake City, 2007. 272 p. 4. Trubka R. Mājdzīvnieku infekcijas slimības, 2. daļa. LLU. Jelgava, 2001. 214 lpp.

Further reading

1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Challenges of animal health information systems and surveillance for animal diseases and zoonoses. Rome, 2011. 122 p. 2. Palmer S.R. Oxford textbook of zoonoses: biology, clinical practice, and public health control. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 884 p. 3. Radostits O.M., Blood D.C., Gay C.C. Veterinary Medicine. 8th ed. London: Bailliere Tindall, 1994. 1763 p.

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. ISSN 1090-0233


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine.