Normal Respiratory Epithelium. (Image courtesy of Angeline Warner, D.V.M.)
This course covers a wide range of topics, from Defense of the Lungs Against Infection to Acid-Base Regulation Revisited.
The course learning objectives for Veterinary Respiratory Pathophysiology are:
- To review the basics of respiratory physiology and structure as a
background for understanding abnormal lung function during pathological
- To develop an organized approach for evaluation of the
veterinary patient with respiratory disease, including understanding the range
of diagnostic methods available (from least-most invasive), learning to
interpret results and understand possible complications.
- To present in detail the various agents of respiratory
system disease, including infectious agents, immune and inflammatory
mechanisms, and neoplastic transformation.
- To consider in detail the interaction of these
disease-causing agents with major regions of the respiratory system: the upper
respiratory tract, the airways, the vasculature, the parenchyma, and the pleura
- To describe the state-of-the-art in pulmonary function
testing in veterinary patients, including contemporary methods and
- To consider in
detail the range of respiratory disease and pathophysiology in major species
groups of veterinary patients, including small animals, horses, cattle, swine
and small ruminants, and laboratory animals.
- To integrate through case discussions in the clinical-pathologic
conference (CPC) the pathophysiologic principles and case management. This
will include group discussion of diagnostic methods, patient assessment, and
Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
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