Laboratory of Infectious Diseases & Immunology


The Laboratory of Infectious Diseases & Immunology is responsible for teaching Core Microbiology (VPTH605) in the fall semester of the Second Year curriculum. The lecture material emphasizes basic principles governing the structure, replication and pathogenesis of micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses. In addition to presenting these principles, lectures are designed to acquaint the students with microbes of veterinary importance. Included in these lectures are discussions of how the organisms cause disease and how infectious diseases may be prevented and/or treated.

The Core Microbiology course includes laboratory exercises that teach basic principles of bacteriology as it is practiced in a diagnostic setting. The course is divided into three major sections: basic microbiology without reference to disease; bacterial and fungal diseases of veterinary importance; and virology of RNA and DNA viruses of veterinary importance. Additional lectures on zoonosis, anti-microbial agents, vaccines and infectious diseases of fish are also included. The last four lectures review the infectious agents and diseases by organ systems. More detailed studies of microbial pathogens and bioterrorism agents are discussed in a complementary seminar type elective course (VPTH634) offered in the fall semester to third and fourth year students.