Course outline:Veterinary Microbiology/1st semester-2009/2010

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Course Outline: 

A. Course description: The course deals with the study of different groups of bacterial and fungal pathogens of veterinary interest , with emphasis on their methods of classification, virulence and distribution in different animal species.

B. Course objectives: Upon the completion of this course, the students will be fimilliar with:

1. the most groups of pathogenic microorganisms of veterinary significant

2. habitat and distribution of most important pathogens, focusing on pathogenecity and pathogenesis. 

3. mode of infection, clinical specimens used for diagnosis, identification methods

4. antigenic nature of pathogens, treatment, and pathogen public health

C. Course content:




Dermatophilus and Corynebacteria

Erysipelothrix and Bacillus




First Exam

Nocardia and Rhodococcus

Actinobaculum, Actinomyces and Arcanobacterium




Pseudomonas and Moraxella

Lawsonia, Campylobacter, Arcobacter, and Helicobacter

Actinobacillus and Haemophilus

Second Exam

Brucella, Bartonella

Burkholderia, Bordetella, and Taylorella

Francisella and Coxiella

Pasteurella and Mannheimia

Borrelia, Tryponema, Brachyspira, and Leptospira

Non spore forming anaerobic bacteria

Fungus infection

D. References:

1. Essential of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology by Carter and Wise 6th ed., 2004, Iowa State press.

2. Pathogenesis of bacterial infections in animals by Carlton et al., 3rd ed., Blackwell publishing, 2004.

E. Grading system:

First exam:                    20%                 13/10/2009

Second exam                20%                 17/11/2009

Lab works                    25%

Final exam                    35%

F. Instructor: Ghaleb Adwan, Ph. D.

Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology