9 Mar 2020

Anatomy, Physiology of the Skin , Cutaneous Pathological Processes, Clinical Exam and Diagnostic Techniques



Key learning objectives Day One:

  • Compare gross and histological anatomy of the skin of companion animals
  • Have an understanding of the function and physiology of skin of companion animals
  • Understand the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Have an understanding of how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Hypersensitivity reactions types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Understand the skin response to insults including physical, chemical and microbiological
  • The pathogenesis of skin neoplasia

Key learning objectives Day Two:

  • Understand clinical history taking and its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease.
  • Perform a general clinical examination
  • Perform a detailed examination of the skin
  • Have an ability to accurately describe skin lesions
  • Understand the key diagnostic tests and their use
  • Understand the diagnosis and management of common skin diseases
  • Understand the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management
  • Know the principles of the collection of samples from the skin relating to skin diseases and interpretation
  • Know how to collect samples for microbiology – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
  • Understand the use of intradermal skin testing and serology in the diagnosis of allergy
  • Understand the use of clinical chemistry in the diagnosis of skin disease
  • Know the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
  • Understand skin and skin mass biopsy


Comprehensive course notes, refreshments and lunch on the day.

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