Disease Recognition and Control


Date: February 2023


This unit is designed to equip you with an understanding of how the mammalian body defends itself against disease including: the progress and causes of disease in mammalian tissue, how the body responds to disease, and how it prevents infection and tissue damage.

This unit also explores how to utilise body defence systems for experimental and husbandry purposes. Other topics covered include the theory of sampling, cultivating, identifying and counting micro-organisms.

You will cover...

  • Histology - cell structure, organisation of cells, microscopy, recognition of tissues

  • Non-specific defence  

  • Specific immunity – immunoglobulins, immune related disease, experimental and animal husbandry techniques

  • Pathology – cell injury, recognition of injured tissue, neoplasia

  • Microbiology – monitoring, chemotherapy

  • Monitoring and diagnostic techniques

  • Biological security

  • Animal health

Key skills you will develop...

  • Ability to handle micro-organisms safely and without contamination

  • Ability to carry out practical experiments and procedures safely and accurately

  • Understanding of scientific and technical terminology

  • Ability to illustrate the contribution of topics to the improved understanding of animal welfare, technology and credible scientific research.

This unit will be assessed through assignment based work.