(VTMC 334)


Objectives and Evaluation


Virology Objectives and evaluation Information pages on viral diseases (student projects from previous years) Schedule and Modules Synopses of lectures Overview of vet. viral diseases Profcasts Virology pages on the WWW

The objective of the course is to help you understand:

•    how virus and host factors interact and how these interactions lead to disease and/or recovery.
•    how you can apply this knowledge to the diagnosis, prevention and management of disease.

I hope that by the end of this course you will be able to use your understanding of veterinary virology to solve virological problems and to evaluate strategies for controlling viral diseases.

Specifically, on completing of the course you should be able to:

Explain basic principles of virus taxonomy, structure, replication and host-virus interactions that lead to disease and recovery.

For every common or economically important viral disease of animals in Western Canada you should be able to:

•    select the most appropriate method of diagnosing the disease in a given situation
•    determine the most appropriate samples to collect and the best way to submit them
•    interpret the results from diagnostic tests used to identify the virus
•    explain to the client how the animal acquired the virus, the consequences of the infection, the reasons for the signs observed, the prognosis, the implications for in-contact animals and people and the strategies for preventing the disease in other animals
•    explain the pathobiology of the viral disease
•    interpret the literature on the efficacy of vaccines used to control the disease

For viral diseases not discussed in detail in the course:

•    you should know how to find, interpret and apply information on the disease

 Accomplishing the Objective:


 At the core of the course are a series of 'modules'. Each module uses diseases caused by a family of viruses to illustrate some of the basic principles underlying infection, spread, virus induced pathology, mechanisms of recovery and strategies for prevention and control.

Blackboard/WebCT-based quizzes:

Each module (or groups of modules) end(s) with a computer-graded quiz on the questions and issues raised by the case as well as on the background material. The weekly quizzes will not be invigilated (the final exams will be). While students will get more out of the quizzes if they attempt them on their own, without benefit of notes or textbooks, they can use these aids if they must.


  • Computer based 'weekly' quizzes - 5%
  • Assignment: eg. Convey information about a veterinary virological topic to a defined audience, eg web information page, publishable review article (optional - 20%)
  • Scheduled (Saturday, December 14, 2014) Final Computer based multiple-choice/short answer quiz - (95% to 75%)
    • Section A (Time TBA)
    • Section B (Time TBA)

Assignmentswill be due for submission Friday, November 29.
The Veterinary Virology web page:

The course web site has useful information about the course. It has:
•    The course objectives, how these will be achieved and the basis for evaluating student performance
•    A tentative schedule
•    Information pages on viral diseases prepared by students in previous years
•    Outlines of the course modules and the latest version of all lecture slides as Power Point (Microsoft) presentations
•    Access to weekly quizzes and the final examination through WebCT
•    Synopsis of each lecture (posted immediately after each lecture)


You can get to this site through PAWS or (no www).

All quizzes for the course, including the final examination, and course evaluations, will be administered through a program called Blackboard. This program allows fairly complex multiple choice and short answer questions, which can be graded by the computer or manually by the instructor. Students get feed-back on their answers and can get their marks in the course at any time.


Vikram Misra Dept. Veterinary Microbiology Western College of Veterinary Medicine University of Saskatchewan