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Veterinary Immunology

Method of evaluation
semi-final examination
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
Practical lessons
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Course description

Course description

The subject of veterinary immunology summarizes basic immunology and important veterinary aspects.

Lectures discuss the innate and adaptive immune system in mammals and other animals in detail after a general introduction.

Students can learn during practical lessons about immune prophylaxis, autoimmune diseases and various deficiencies or malfunctions of the immune system, which are essential in veterinary practice.


The laboratory practices introduce the commonly used, mainly in vitro diagnostic procedures and the evaluation of the obtained results.


Language: English

Year: 3rd

Term (semester): 6th

Lectures: 30

Practical lessons: 16

Practices: 12

Structure of the subject: immunology lectures, immunology practicals

Credits: 4

Examination: oral or written exam at the end of the semester

Teaching staff: Márta Lőrincz, Éva Szücs-Somlyó, Anna Valkó, Gulyás Dominik

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Recommended literature:

– Valkó A. and Lőrincz M.: Illustrated Book of Immunology. A/3 Nyomdaipari és Kiadói Szolgáltató Kft, 2020.

– Ian Tizzard: Veterinary Immunology: An introduction. 10th Edition, Elsevier, 2018.

– Janeway Jr., Travers C. A., P., Walport M., and Shlomchik M. J.: Immunobiology: the immune system in health and disease. Garland Publishing, 2001.



Lectures theme

Syllabus of Lectures

No. Date Lecture Topics
1. 02.10. Introduction to Veterinary Immunology
2. The First Line of Defence
3. 02.17. Antigens
4. PRR
5. 02.24. Phagocytosis
6. Antigen Presentation
7. 03.03. Complement System
8. Inflammation
9. 03.10. T Cell Development
10. B Cell Development
11. 03.17. Cellular Immune Response
12. Humoral Immune Response
13. 03.24. Structure of MHC, BCR and TCR
14. Genetic Background of MHC, BCR and TCR
15. 04.07. Cells and Tissues of the Immune System
17. 04.14. Written Examination
19. 04.21. Regulation of the Immune Response
21. 04.28. Immunodeficiency
22. Immunotherapy
23. 05.05. Immune System of Fish
24. Immune System of Birds
25. 05.12. Immune System of Bee
26. Transplantation
27. 05.19. Summary of the Function of the Immune System
28. Consultation


Practical lessons theme

Plenary Lessons

Attendance at plenary lessons is mandatory, a practice missed due to any reason must be made up. Practices can be made up in two ways:

  • joining the practice of another group in the same week, if the number of members of the group allows it, or
  • in the form of a written test as part of a supplementary lesson held at the end of the semester.

Joining another group for any reason must be agreed in advance with the lecturer.

Maximum number of make up lessons: 1.

Date Lecturer Plenary Lesson Topics
03.22. – 03.26. ML Mucosal and Skin Immune Response
04.05. – 04.09. AV Immune Response to Pathogens: Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi
04.12. – 04.16. AV Immune Response to Pathogens: Parasites and Tumors
04.19. – 04.23. ML Vaccination
04.26. – 04.30. ML Foetal and Maternal Immunity
05.03. – 05.07. AV Hypersensitivity Reactions
05.10. – 05.14. ML Natural Autoimmunity, Immunotolerance
05.17. – 05.21. AV Autoimmune Diseases


Practices will be held online and always uploaded to Moodle on the given week, after which they will be available until the end of the exam period.

Completion of the exercises is confirmed by completing a 10-question true-false test, which will only be available in Moodle during the week of the given practice. A minimum of 60% of the test questions must be solved correctly for each practice to get an acceptance.

Date Practice Topics
04.12. – 04.16. Immunodiagnostics, Serology, Agglutination
04.19. – 04.23. Precipitation, Complement Fixation Test
04.26. – 04.30. ELISA, IF, IHC
05.03. – 05.07. PAGE, Western Blot, FACS, Rapid Diagnostic Methods
05.10. – 05.14. Cellular and In Vivo Tests


Evaluation description

Teaching Environment

Lectures and plenary lessons are held in one of the lecture halls of the university, and the outline and images of the lecture are presented on a projector. Presentations of last year can be found in the Document Library of the course, and the materials for this year will be uploaded to Moodle. During hybrid or online education, video and audio files will also be available here. Practices will be held online this semester, the material will be available in Moodle.



The material given in the lectures forms the basis of the subject, active participation in the lectures is necessary to complete the course.

Acquisition of the basics of immunology is checked with a written examination. The aim of this examination is to provide the students with adequate knowledge to start the plenary lectures and practices and to help them prepare for the end-of-semester exam. The examination consists of 20 multiple-choice test questions and a 10-point graph analysis. The time limit is 20 minutes. The condition for the year-end exam is the completion of at least 60% in this examination (minimum 18 points). The date of a supplementary examination will be agreed upon after the announcement of the results, if necessary.


Exam information

Exam Information

Registration for an exam and postponing exams can always be done through the NEPTUN system.

In the spring semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, there will be an online written exam in the Moodle system, for which we will assign 3 exam days in the exam period (the first, third and fifth weeks). If necessary, we will provide an additional exam day at the last week of the exam period. Exams start at 9:00.

The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice test questions and a 10-point graph analysis. The time limit is 35 minutes.

Point ranges:

00-35 – 1

36-41 – 2

42-47 – 3

48-53 – 4

54-60 – 5

The results of the written exam will be available on the second workday after the exam at Neptune.


Only an oral exam can be taken as part of an exam course. Oral exams can be taken at the department or through Microsoft Teams, up to 15 people a day (Hungarian and English-speaking students in total).

During the oral exam, students are required to report on 3 topics (lectures, plenary lessons, and practical questions).

The result of the examination is determined by the examiner after the answer has been given. The condition for a successful exam is that the student reports at least sufficient knowledge of all the questions.


If you have any questions related to this course, please contact Dr. Márta Lőrincz ( or