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Immunology & Veterinary Diseases

Course Code: AHTT 1205
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to several of the causes of disease, investigates the body’s defence mechanisms towards pathogens, and provides an overview of the causes, signs, treatment and prevention of common diseases in both small and large animals. Inflammation and tumour development, as well as immunity and resistance are covered. Specific modes of disease transmission and prevention (including both large and small animal vaccine schedules) are detailed. Enrollment is limited to students of the Animal Health Technology Program

Course Content

The major topics in this course include the following:

  1. Causes of disease
    • pathogens: parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa
    • inflammation and response to injury
    • healing and repair of damaged tissues
    • factors predisposing to disease
    • oncology: tumour formation and classification
    • autoimmunity and immune-mediated diseases
  2. Defence mechanisms
    • physical & chemical barriers
    • cell-mediated immunity
    • humoural immunity
    • maternal antibody & neonatal immunity
    • hypersensitivity reactions: Type I – IV
  3. Preventative health programs
    • pediatric programs
    • vaccination programs for small and large animals
    • discussion of core vaccines
    • recommended vaccine protocols
    • common small and large animal diseases prevented through vaccination
  4. Common diseases/disorders of the following small and large animal body systems
    • gastrointestinal
    • endocrine
    • cardiopulmonary
    • nervous
    • musculoskeletal
    • urogenital
    • integumentary
    • sensory

Methods of Instruction

This course involves two hours of classroom instruction two times per week.

Means of Assessment

Quiz # 1 25
Quiz # 2 25
Classroom Assignments & Projects 10
Professionalism (Preparation, Participation & Attendance) 10
Final Examination 30

Grades: A+ 95-100, A 90-94, A- 85-89, B+ 80-84, B 75-79, B- 70-74, C+ 65-69, C 60-64, C- 55-59, P 50-54, F 0-49.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Immunology & Veterinary Diseases 1205,  student will be able to:

  1. Describe common causes of diseases and understand the body’s defence mechanisms towards pathogens.
  2. Explain the diagnosis, control and treatment of transmissible disease processes.
  3. Illustrate the mechanism of inflammation and cells involved in the inflammatory response.
  4. Compare and contrast cell-mediated vs. humoural immunity.
  5. Describe the process of tumour formation and classification, resistance to tumours, and autoimmunity.
  6. Understand the fundamentals of preventative medicine.
  7. Identify types of vaccines, and describe basic small and large animal vaccine protocols and schedules.
  8. Provide a brief description of common diseases prevented through vaccination.
  9. Describe common diseases/disorders of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  10. Describe common diseases/disorders of the cardio-pulmonary systems.
  11. Describe common diseases/disorders of the neuro-musculo-skeletal systems.
  12. Describe common diseases/disorders of the urogenital systems.
  13. Describe common diseases/disorders of the skin and sensory systems.

course prerequisites

AHTT 1101, 1102, 1103

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.