FUNDAMENTALS OF VETERINARY PRACTICE TWO - PRACTICE MANAGEMENT, ETHICS, LAW, COMMUNICATIONS AND CAREER CHOICES - 2017/8

Module code: VMS3005

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

MITCHLEY J Mrs (Vet Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

D300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 38

Lecture Hours: 20

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) BUSINESS PROJECT 30
Examination FINAL EXAMINATION 70
Practical based assessment CLINICAL SKILLS PORTFOLIO (OSCE) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Resits for the business project would involve a business case report based upon coursework.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all first and second year BVMSci units

Module overview

Provides an introduction to the subjects of ethics, law, business management, patient safety and clinical reasoning. Advanced communication skills are covered, including the handling of emotional clients.  

Module aims

Introduce concepts of practice management and entrepreneurship

Introduce concepts of clinical reasoning process and development

Explore factors affecting patient safety and how excellence in clinical care can be optimised

Give students an understanding of bereavement and the euthanasia process

Further develop communication skills when dealing with difficult situations

Further develop students understanding of ethics and their ability to make ethical decisions

Further develop students understanding of the legal responsibilities of veterinary surgeons

Further explore career options for veterinary graduates

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Accurately apply legislation regarding animals, society and business to a variety of situations - RCVS 2, 3, 26 KU7  KCPT
Demonstrate strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills within a veterinary context -  RCVS 3  KCPT
Demonstrate the ability to communicate successfully in a variety of challenging situations - RCVS 5, 6, 23, 34, KU11   KPT
Critique the various methods of clinical decision making - RCVS KU1   KC
Make recommendations for the improvement of patient safety using knowledge of human factors and clinical governance - RCVS 10   KCP
Describe key ethical theories and apply them when making ethical decisions - RCVS 2, KU12   KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content





1. Communications




1.1 Client Relationships




1.2 Euthanasia and Bereavement




1.3 Communicating in challenging situations




2. Law




2.1 Legislation governing animals, society and business




3. Business




3.1 Strategic thinking and entrepreneurship




3.2 Buying and running a veterinary business




4. Ethics




4.1 Ethical frameworks




4.2 Ethical decision making




5. Clinical reasoning




5.1 How veterinary surgeons make clinical decisions




6. Human Factors




6.1 How does &lsquobeing human&rsquo affect our practice?




6.2 How can patient safety within veterinary practices be improved?



7. Careers


7.1 Explore different career paths open to veterinary graduates



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

·         Provide many opportunities for communication skills development in high fidelity settings in order to contextualise learning

·         Provide extensive opportunity for group work and discussion

·         Provide a holistic and 'hands-on' experience of buying and running a veterinary practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lectures, flipped classroom, small group sessions, simulation with actors, extended group work, team-based learning

 

Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment of participation in above for first topic

Business project – 30%

Written examination – 70%

Clinical Skills Portfolio (OSCE) – PASS/FAIL

Further information on Qualifying Conditions

To pass the module, students are required to achieve a weighted aggregate mark of 50% and pass 80% of stations within the clinical skills portfolio

Reading list

Reading list for FUNDAMENTALS OF VETERINARY PRACTICE TWO - PRACTICE MANAGEMENT, ETHICS, LAW, COMMUNICATIONS AND CAREER CHOICES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms3005

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% and pass 80% of stations within the clinical skills portfolio is required to pass the module. The pass mark of the stations will use regression standard setting.

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.