VSC463 Clinical Rotation 5 - Veterinary Diagnostic Services (8)

This rotation is based on-campus in Wagga Wagga and is conducted in the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory or another approved Diagnostic Laboratory. During the three weeks students will rotate on a weekly basis through Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology. Students will be given the opportunity to perform and interpret numerous pathological diagnostic tests including gross pathology and necropsy techniques, histological tissue examination and interpretation to determine the gross functional effects of lesions and be able to make differential diagnoses. Students will also perform and interpret complete blood counts and biochemical profiles, urinalysis, microbial culture and sensitivity, and parasite diagnostic testing for a range of companion and production animals within a commercial veterinary pathology enterprise.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC463. 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

Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)


VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to perform a complete mammalian and avian necropsy examination and describe the gross findings accurately in a written report, plan and perform appropriate ancillary sampling (e.g. histology, microbiology, cytology, parasitology) for further investigation of the lesions;
  • be able to recognise, interpret, provisionally diagnose and further investigate lesions in gross anatomical and / or necropsy specimens suggesting likely aetiopathogenesis, and predicting the likely functional effect of an observed lesion ;
  • be able to recognise departures from the normal histologic structures of major organ systems and describe the major histopathological changes present in diseased tissue, and suggest possible underlying pathologic processes which could give rise to observed lesions.
  • be able to interpret microbial culture results in light of gross and microscopic findings;
  • be able to create a cytological monolayer; stain and examine these preparations with a view to cytological characterisation of the cells present and identifying the processes occurring within the animal in a cytologic report;
  • be able to perform and interpret a complete blood count (CBC), including blood smear preparation, staining and examination;
  • in light of history, signalment and other findings, be able to interpret plasma biochemistry and relate abnormal changes within the CBC/biochemical profile to processes occurring within the animal, to inform diagnostic and treatment decisions;
  • be able to perform a complete urinalysis and interpret body fluid analysis data;
  • be able to work within a group in a professional and cooperative manner, and communicate clearly and succinctly in written and oral form with peers, professional colleagues and lay persons;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of clinical and assessment responsibilities.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Diagnostic pathology
- Clinical pathology
- Clinical microbiology
- Diagnostic parasitology

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students have to attend a Veterinary Diagnostic Services for these rotations

Special Resources

Students have to provide their own travel and accommodation for these rotations

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.