VSC223 Veterinary Histology and Immunology (8)

Veterinary Histology and Immunology aims to draw together the study of cellular and tissue structure and function of the four basic tissues of the body leading to more in depth examination of molecular cell biology. It is strongly integrated with Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Veterinary Practice 2 and will provide an excellent grounding for the study of Disease Processes and Clinical Pathology.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC223. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science (Honours) only.


( VSC113 or BIO100 ) and ( BIO225 or ASC221 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use a light microscope
  • be able to recognise and identify the structure and function of typical cells at the light and electron microscopic levels
  • be able to distinguish the microscopic structure of the components of connective tissue, muscle, epithelium and nervous tissue
  • be able to distinguish and describe the histological features of the tissues of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular, lymphatic and haemopoietic systems, endocrine organs, integument and associated structures, urinary tract and the male as well as female reproductive tracts
  • be able to relate the histological features of organs with their primary functions
  • be able to summarise the stages of haematopoiesis
  • be able to explain the key identifying features and function of blood cells
  • be able to explain the principle mechanisms of the innate and adaptive immune systems
  • be able to outline the key cellular and non-cellular defence mechanisms of the body


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Histology of the respiratory tract
  • Histology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic and haematopoietic systems
  • Histological markers for cells and tissues
  • Structure and function of the components of the four basic tissues, nervous tissue and special senses
  • Histology of the endocrine organs
  • Mechanisms and machinery of cellular metabolism
  • Histology of the integument and associated structures
  • Histology of the urinary tract
  • Histology of the male reproductive tract
  • Histology of the female reproductive tract
  • Histology of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs
  • Innate defence mechanisms
  • Cells of the innate immune system
  • Cells of the adaptive immune system
  • Introductory haematology
  • The key role of lymphocytes in immunology
  • Antibody response, vaccination and serology
  • Major Histocompatability Complex
  • The role of cytokines in orchestrating immune reactions
  • B cell activation and antibody responses

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC223 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Microscopy presentation
Mid-session exam
End of session examination.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.