ADP-20806 Pathophysiology and Disease


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. HK Parmentier
Lecturer(s)Various from Utrecht and Wageningen
dr. ir. HK Parmentier
Examiner(s)dr. ir. HK Parmentier

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Biology (VWO), Cell biology, Adaptation physiology I, (Human) Physiology and Zoology I and II


After general introduction lectures concerning animal health care and -prevention on the levels of farms and sectors, and aspects of human health care (zoonoses), ethics, mono and multifactorial diseaes, stress, risk factors, infectious and non-infectious diseases, and general pathology, several important diseases will be presented, discussed and illustrated. Especially diseases which are important on the level of the farm, sector and human health in the Netherlands or Europe. In addition, origin, prevention, diagnostics and intervention-prevention methods will be shown. Cases with respect to genetics, feed, and welfare in combination with diseases of cattle, pigs, poultry, and horses.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course unit, the student is expected to be able to:
- interpretate various types of animal diseases and disease-related pathology based on the knowledge of illustrative related cases;
- identify risk factors on the animal, farm and sector level for the prevalence of diseases;
- obtain and interpretate knowledge in various intervention and prevention methods;
- recognize and acknowledge similarities and differences between zootechnical management and veterinary medicine procedures;
- develop advice to prevent or minimize animal disease.


Via introductory lectures the student learns the general principles of mechanisms underlying pathology, diseases, different forms of diseases, and possibilities for intervention on the basis of practical examples (case studies). Important differences between species: cattle, pigs, poultry, and horses will be illustrated. During independent self-learning and self-active studies, and studies under tutorial supervision (workshop-like), the student obtains further insight in the nature of the exemplified types of diseases.


Written exam with multiple choice questions.


A Hand-out/Reader will be available shortly prior to and during the course.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Terrestrial Animals6WD
Compulsory for: WUAFSBSc Minor Animal Health and Welfare6WD