FUNDAMENTALS OF VETERINARY PRACTICE III : ANAESTHESIA, SURGERY AND PATIENT CARE - 2017/8

Module code: VMS4001

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

COCKCROFT P Prof (Vet Med)

Number of Credits

30

ECT Credits

30

Framework

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

N/A 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. The pass mark of the stations will used regression standard setting.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all the prior years’ modules in the BVMSci programme

Module overview

This module covers the knowledge required for day one competencies in anaesthesia, surgery and patient care in domestic animals and other species.  This module will allow the student to actively participate in all aspects of a routine spay or neuter case to further develop the skills and attributes required when performing surgical procedures in clinical practice.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Lectures will provide the knowledge required for day one competencies in anaesthesia, surgery and patient care in domestic animals and other species

Practical sessions

This practical sessions will allow the student to actively participate in all aspects of a routine spay or neuter case to further develop the skills and attributes required when performing surgical procedures in clinical practice.

Revision of preparation of the surgery team, patient for sterile surgery, equipment that will be used for anaesthesia and anaesthesia protocols including perioperative pain management, of the procedures and protocols that will be used in surgery.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance the students’ technical skills using practicals

Enhance the students’ physical examination skills

Enhance the team cooperation between the students by assigning various roles from week to week

Increase their level of confidence in these complex tasks by repetition over a year within a safe, supportive and closely supervised environment.

Enhance the students’ knowledge of anaesthesia, surgery and patient care

Enhancement of clinical skills using appropriate clinical skills laboratory stations

The learning and teaching methods include:

Audio-visual material, didactic lectures and interactive discussions

Self-directed and peer learning using appropriate clinical skills laboratory stations.

Small group discussions, practicals, one-on-one supervision of the surgery and induction processes, feedback on record keeping and client communications

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to:


describe appropriate anaesthesia/analgesia regimes in the domestic species
describe important and frequently performed surgical procedures in the domestic species
recognise the significance of more specialised procedures in domestic species
devise an appropriate management plan including:

preoperative patient assessment
therapeutics, pain management and fluid therapy
post-operative care


Prepare, plan and perform safe, effective and appropriate anaesthesia, surgery and patient care for elective neutering procedures in companion animals.


Thus, summative assessment for this module consists of:

Continuous competency based assessment of clinical

and professional skills during elective neutering

procedures in companion animals. 20%

Written assessment of production animal and equine anaesthesia, surgical procedures and patient care. 30%

Written assessment of anaesthesia, surgical procedures and patient care of companion animals, non-traditional companion animals and wildlife.50%

Clinical skills portfolio (OSCE) 0%

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessments: Instructor and peer assessments 0%

Reading list

Reading list for FUNDAMENTALS OF VETERINARY PRACTICE III : ANAESTHESIA, SURGERY AND PATIENT CARE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms4001

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.