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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:

– 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

Veterinary Immunology

2019/2020 Spring Semester


Date Lecturer Topic of Lessons
 05. Febr LM Introduction to Veterinary Immunology
 The First Line of Defense
12. Febr LM Antigens
19. Febr VA Phagocytosis and Antigen Presentation
B Cells
26. Febr LM T Cells
T Cells
04. Mar LM Cellular Immune Response
Humoral Immune Response
11. Mar GD Complement System
18. Mar LM BCR and TCR
25. Mar LM The Regulation of the Immune Response
The Regulation of the Immune Response
01. Apr VA Immunodeficiency
08. Apr Holiday
15. Apr VA Cells and Tissues of the Immune System
Cells and Tissues of the Immune System
22. Apr LM Immune System of Fish
Immune System of Birds
29. Apr VA Immune System of Bee
06. May LM General Overview of Immune Responses
General Overview of Immune Responses
13. May Consultation


Practical lessons theme

Date Lecturer Topic of Practical Lessons
09.03.-11.03. LM Mucosal and Skin  Immune Response
16.03.-18.03. VA Immune Response to Pathogens: Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi
23.03.-25.03. VA Immune Response to Pathogens: Parasites and Tumors
30.03.-01.04. LM Vaccination
14.04.-04. 18. LM Foetal, Newborn and Maternal Immunity
20.04.-22.04. VA Hypersensitivity Reactions
27.04.-29.04. LM Natural Autoimmunity and Immunotolerance
04.05.-06.05. VA Autoimmune Diseases


Date  Topic of Practices
16.03.-20.03. Immunodiagnostics, Serology, Agglutination
23.03-27.03. Precipitation, Complement Fixation
30.03.-03.04. ELISA, Immunofluorescence, Immunohistochemistry
20.04.-24.04. PAGE, Western Blot, FACS, Rapid Diagnostic Methods
04.05.-08.05. Cellular and In Vivo Tests

Evaluation description

Teaching environment

The computer aided lectures and practical lessons are held in one of the lecture halls of the campus. The practicals are held at the 16-head-practical room of the department, where wearing a white lab coat is compulsory. The basic laboratory examinations can be carried out by the students themselves, while more complicated methods are only demonstrated to them.




Evaluation description

Lectures serve as the basis of the subject, active participation in lectures is required to complete the course successfully.

Attendance on practical lessons and practices is compulsory, a practice missed due to any reason must be made up. Practices can be made up in two ways:

  • on the same week by attending the lesson or practice of another group, if the number of students in that group allows that, or
  • 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 lessons and practices together: 3.

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 in case a student is between two grades.

Exam information

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


Exam dates: 3, 17 December 2019, 7, 21 January 2020

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 held 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.