Module code: BMS3062

Module Overview

In this module you will study the species specific immune systems and understand the basics of veterinary immunopathology. You will also study the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to veterinary immunopathology.

Furthermore, you will study how the immune system of animals compares to humans. On completion of this module you will have a detailed understating of the form and function of the immune system of animals and how it influences infectious and non-infectious disease.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

STEINBACH Falko (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 28

Seminar Hours: 2

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2045 Introduction to Immunology

Module content



  • Introduction to Veterinary Immunology

     What Mice and Man cannot tell us (or do not have)


  • Anatomy of the immune system


  • T cell activation in veterinary species (with focus on NK & g/d cells)


  • Anti-Immunology: how viruses outsmart the immune system


  • Regulatory T cells: or how to turn the immune system off


  • The DIVA (differentiate infected from vaccinated animals) concept for vaccines


  • Allergy & Autoimmunity part I


  • Allergy & Autoimmunity part II


  • The use of genomics to analyse the immune system of animals


  • Revision

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION - ESSAYS (2 HOURS) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

A detailed knowledge of the principles of veterinary immunology and veterinary immuno-pathology.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Exam (2hrs) – Essay questions

Formative assessment and feedback

A selection of (exam type) questions will be used to assess students progress during the module.  Students will be invited to provide draft answers upon which brief written feedback (exam like) will be provided.  In addition, students will be provided with verbal feedback on their performance throughout the module. Further information will be provided in the first session and on SurreyLearn. 

Module aims

  • This module aims to: Provide an overview of veterinary immunology & immuno-pathology.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the species specific immune systems K
003 Understand the basics of veterinary immuno-pathology K
004 Describe the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to veterinary immune-pathology K
005 Describe the common pathologies of livestock and companion animals K
006 Communicate effectively orally and in written work K
007 Evaluate considerations relating to veterinary immunology C
008 Evaluate considerations relating to veterinary immuno-pathology C
009 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management T
010 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments T
002 Explain how the immune system of animals compares to that of humans K
011 Investigate and analyse problems T
012 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop independent thinking and analytical skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures/Seminars – 28hrs

Independent learning – 120hrs

Revision session – 2hr

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.