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Workshop on Pathology and Basic Mechanisms of Disease, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

March 28, 2023 @ 8:00 am March 31, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Join Drs. Alves, Fiddes, Asin, and Yabe for a workshop on basic mechanisms of disease with an emphasis on veterinary public health and transboundary diseases of significance to Namibia.

This interactive workshop will be presented in a case-based manner with group discussions for optimal learning and highlighting how these diseases might appear in animal populations and veterinary public health in general.

Participants will work through mechanisms of postmortem examinations (i.e. necropsies), doing hands-on practical exercises, to include the entire necropsy procedure as well as sampling and packaging. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain basic mechanisms of disease for select diseases in Namibia
  • Perform a necropsy on a small ruminant, with collection and packaging of tissues in an appropriate manner for use in the laboratory
  • Use history, clinical signs, and gross lesions observed to create a list of differential diagnoses

Location: in person only at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Namibia

Registration is free but required. To register please contact the Veterinary Association of Namibia (VAN) at

March 28


  • Registration
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Introductions
  • The science behind how adults learn
  • Case-based learning to include basic mechanisms of disease (e.g., lesion description, morphologic diagnoses – disturbances of circulation, cell injury)


  • Groups will be separated to do postmortem examinations and packaging

March 29


  • Lecture provided by a clinical/public health veterinarian (topic of choice)
  • Case-based learning to include mechanisms of (e.g.  role of cell types, exudates, morphologic diagnoses – scenarios, exercises, experiences)            


  • Groups will be separated to do postmortem examinations and packaging

March 30


  • Case-based learning (e.g., disease pathogenesis, selected diseases (group work, using prepared scenarios)


  • Discussion on diagnostics and management of all diseases covered
  • Distribution of certificates.
  • Closing Ceremony.

Find more information on the Global Health Pathology Network initiative here:

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