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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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  • Vet EN

Course description

Veterinary Immunology provides a summary of important knowledge for veterinarians. The subject is discussed in detail after the general introduction of the threefold structure of the immune system, focusing on the details of the elements of acquired immunity. Students will learn about immune prophylaxis, autoimmune diseases and various deficiencies or malfunctions of the immune system, knowledge that is essential in veterinary practice.

The laboratory exercises introduce the commonly used in vitro and in vivo diagnostic procedures, and also the mode of evaluation of the diagnostic results obtained through them.

Language: English
Year: 3rd
Term (semester): 6th
Lectures: 45 lectures
Practicals: 15
Structure of the subject: immunology lectures, immunology practicals
Credits: 3
Examination: oral or written exam at the end of the semester
Teaching staff: Márta Lőrincz, Éva Szücs-Somlyó, Anna Valkó

Rules of the practicals:
– Having a white coat on is compulsory.
– Eating, drinking and smoking is forbidden.
– Accidents at the practicals must be reported to the teacher at the practicals.

Teaching environment:
The computer aided lectures are given in one of the lecture theatres of the campus. The practicals are held at the 16-head-practical room of the department, where individual microscopes, computerised summaries help the understanding. The basic laboratory examinations can be carried out by the students themselves and the complicated methods are demonstrated here as well. The demonstration material is prepared in the Immunology laboratory of the department.

Recommended literature:
– Ian Tizzard: Veterinary Immunology: An introduction. 8th Edition, Elsevier, 2010.
– Janeway Jr., C. A., P. Travers, M. Walport, and M. J. Shlomchik. 2001. Immunobiology: the immune system in health and disease. Garland Publishing, New York, NY.


Lectures theme

No. Date Lecturer Topic
1. 02.06. L.M. Introduction to Veterinary Immunology
2. 02.06. L.M. The First Line of Defense
3. 02.08. L.M. Innate Immunity: Cells
4. 02.13. L.M. Antigens: Endo- and Exoantigens, Structures of the Epitopes,
5. 02.13. L.M. PRR: Secreted, Membrane-bound and Intracellular Receptors
6. 02.15. L.M. Innate Immunity: Phagocytosis, Antigen Presentation through
MHC and CD1
7. 02.20. L.M. Innate Immunity: Complement System
8. 02.20. L.M. Inflammation
9. 02.22. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: Cells
10. 02.27. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: BCR and TCR – Structures, Tasks and
11. 02.27. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: Genetic Background of Antibody (BCR)
and TCR Production
12. 03.01. V.A. Adaptive Immunity: Monoclonal Antibody Production and Use
13. 03.06. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: Development and Activation of T Cells
14. 03.06. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: T-helper Cells and Cellular Immune
15. 03.08. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: Activation of B Cells, B Cells as Antigen-
presenting Cells
16. 03.13. L.M. Adaptive Immunity: Humoral Immune Response
17. 03.13. L.M. Mucosal and Skin Immune Response
18. 03.15. Holiday
19. 03.20. L.M. The Regulation of the Immune Response: Atg, Ab, Idiotype
20. 03.20. L.M. The Regulation of the Immune Response: T-reg cells, Regulation
of the Neuroendocrine System
21. 03.22. L.M. The Regulation of the Immune Response: Cytokines
22. 03.27. L.M. The Regulation of the Immune Response: Immune-tolerance
23. 03.27. L.M. Foetal and Maternal Immunity
24. 03.29. Sz.É. Immune Response to Pathogens: Tumors
25. 04.03. L.M. Immune Response to Pathogens: Bacteria and Viruses
26. 04.03. L.M. Immune Response to Pathogens: Parasites and Fungi
27. 04.05. L.M. General Overview of Immune Responses
28. 04.10. L.M. Passive Immunisation, Active Immunisation: Vaccine Types,
Vaccination Methods
29. 04.10. L.M. Active Immunisation: Adjuvants, Immunomodulation
30. 04.12. Sz.É. Transplantation
31. 04.17. Spring Holiday
32. 04.17. Spring Holiday
33. 04.19. Spring Holiday
34. 04.24. L.M. Immune System of Birds


35. 04.24. L.M. Immune System of Fish and Bee
36. 04.26. L.M. Other Treatments for the Therapy of Immunological Diseases
37. 05.01. Holiday
38. 05.01. Holiday
39. 05.03. L.M. Natural Autoimmunity
40. 05.08. V.A. Autoimmune Diseases
41. 05.08. V.A. Autoimmune Diseases
42. 05.10. V.A. Immunodeficiency
43. 05.15. V.A. Hypersensitivity Reactions
44. 05.15. V.A. Hypersensitivity Reactions
45. 05.17. L.M. Consultation


Practical lessons theme

Date Topic
18.03.-22.03. Immunodiagnostics, Serology, Agglutination
25.03-29.03. Precipitation, Complement Fixation
01.04.-05.04 ELISA, Immunofluorescence, Immunohistochemistry
08.04.-12.04. PAGE, Western Blot, FACS, Rapid Diagnostic Methods
23.04-26.04. Cellular and In Vivo Tests

Evaluation description

  • Lectures serve as the basis of the subject, active participation in lectures is required to complete the course successfully.
  • Attendance on practices is compulsory, a practice missed due to any reason has to be made up. Practices can be made up in two ways:
  1. on the same week by attending the practice of another group, if the number of students is not more than 16, or
  2. on the supplementary practice at the end of the semester by a written test.
  • Attendance at the practice of another group due to any reason has to be approved by the practical teacher before the practice.
  • Maximum number of make up practices: 2.
  • Attendance on practice is not considered sufficient, if a student does not know the theoretical topics connected to the practice at a minimum level.
  • Preparation for the practices are checked by a written test, which results will be included in the final grade.

Exam information

Students can sit to an examination both after the autumn and spring semesters.

  • Oral immunology exam can be made both after the winter and spring semester, written exam only in the spring semester.
  • Registration for an exam or delaying an exam has to be done through the NEPTUN system.
  • The exam starts at 9 a.m.
  • The first exam is written. There are 3 dates for written exams during an exam period (on the first, third and fifth weeks).
  • The written exam has two parts, a simple choice test and a figure analysis. Both parts has to be correct in at least 50% to have a successful exam. The exam will be at the Urbányi- and Kemény lecture halls.
  • The results of the written test will be available on the next workday through NEPTUN and they can be viewed on the next day at the department.
  • Re-take exams can be oral or written exams.
  • The maximum number of students (English and Hungarian together), who can participate in an oral exam per exam day is 15. The exam will be at the department (Hungária krt. 23-25).
  • Students get 3 exam topics in an oral exam.
  • The result of the exam is determined by the examiner after the student gives account of his/her knowledge. The criterion for a successful exam is a minimum level of knowledge from each topic.
  • Any questions regarding the exam should be asked from Dr. Márta Lőrincz.