Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology 1

A course in veterinary diagnostic pathology, which includes supervised performance of necropsies, participation in the routine gross and histological examination of pathological material, and directed study of general pathology.

Course code

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The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



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Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

Enrolment in 118.731 is limited to students enrolled in the pathology training program. There is usually one funded scholarship pathology training program position available every two years. Applicants must be New Zealand residents in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Expected prior learning

To enrol in this course students must hold an approved veterinary degree.


Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe and interpret gross lesions and differentiate them from post mortem artifacts.
  • 2 Choose appropriate samples for further laboratory testing when necessary.
  • 3 Describe and interpret basic histological and cytological abnormalities.
  • 4 Construct a defendable diagnosis based on post mortem examination and laboratory results.
  • 5 Perform post mortem examinations on a range of animal species.
  • 6 For any disease or lesion, formulate a likely pathogenesis and demonstrate knowledge of the underlying general pathology principles. In addition, be able to relate the pathogenesis and general pathology to the clinical signs and laboratory test results.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Practical/Placement 1 2 3 4 5 6 40%
Test 4 5 6 10%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 2 3 4 5 6 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Course delivery details

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