CLINICAL MODULE 1 - COMPANION ANIMAL - 2017/8

Module code: VMS4005

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

PHILLIPS SM Mrs (Vet Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

JACs code

D300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination WRITTEN EXAMINATION 70
Practical based assessment EMS CASE PRESENTATION 15
School-timetabled exam/test IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 15
Practical based assessment CLINICAL SKILLS PORTFOLIO (OSCE) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

N/A  

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all previous units of the BVMSci 

Module overview

This module places the previous knowledge gained by the student by body system into the context of companion animal species looking at the various stages of the animal’s life cycle.

An emphasis is placed  on the maintenance of  health and well being through a proactive approach to prophylactic medicine and client education whilst critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills are developed through a ‘case based’ approach to commonly presented conditions 

Module aims

Apply existing knowledge and clinical and professional skills to companion animal practice throughout the different stages of the animal’s life

Develop a rational problem – solving approach to the common presentations in companion animal species at an individual level and in the context of ‘shelter medicine’

Emphasise the role of the veterinary surgeon in promoting companion animal health and welfare through practice of proactive evidence - based preventative and therapeutic medicine and effective client communication

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content





Management of the reproductive female




Parturition, dystocia and its management




Care of the neonate




The human/animal bond, behaviours,  and the role of the practice team in developing the partnership




The concept of ‘wellness’ management in companion animal practice




Prophylactic medicine, developing a regime. Vaccination protocols, parasite control and evidence – based best practice

 




Nutrition –growing well not fat. The world of ‘special’ diets




Zoonoses and client education




Import/export of companion animals, pet passports, pet travel and implications for introduction of  of exotic diseases and  biosecurity




Pain assessment and management




Emergency medicine : toxicology –common poisons




Emergency medicine: toxicology – critical care, running an ICU




Shelter medicine –‘herd health’, understanding pragmatic medicine, ethics and welfare




 Stress related behaviours/disease




The role of exercise/physical therapies in maintaining mobility throughout life




Assessing the geriatric patient – quality of life issues and euthanasia




Diagnostic tools: imaging and the role of advanced imaging, clinical pathology in relation to life cycle




Problem based review of commonly presented conditions in companion animal practice across the species (cat, dog, rabbit, ferrets, small mammals)

 









Presentations and Practicals – 27 hours

 




Small group practical sessions (Tuesday)





Triage (the practice team)






Dentistry






Wound care/bandaging/splinting






RSPCA – ‘well being’ clinic





 

EMS case presentations

 




Techniques for therapeutic administration (injection techniques, fluid/nutritional support,

    transfusion medicine)




Diagnostic interpretation (imaging, clinical pathology) Small group work with whole group presentations





 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed toprovide students with opportunities to:


Develop, reinforce and apply essential clinical and professional skills in companion animal practice
Develop, reinforce and apply problem-solving skills
Reinforce communication skills and develop a team approach to management of companion animals
Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the veterinary surgeon as an educator and advocate of companion animal health and welfare
Reinforce a holistic consideration of  companion animal care throughout the various  life stages


The learning and teaching methods include:

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures,  small group practical teaching, case based learning, simulation and role play, self – directed learning and group learning            
3 lectures per week (33 hours)
small group practicals (dentistry, bandaging, triage scenarios, ‘well being’ clinics (17 hours)
EMS case presentation sessions (1 hour)
Small group work shops
     Diagnostic interpretation (imaging, / clinical pathology) (6 hours)
     Clinical skills ( therapeutic administration) (3 hours)
Online resources for self directed learning


 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Clinical and professional skills in companion animal practice
Problem solving skills, ability to assimilate and interpret diagnostic findings
Clinical reasoning and case- management skills in individual animals and within the context of ‘shelter’ medicine
Client ‘education focussed’ communication skills
Understanding of the relationships between life stage, disease risk, preventative strategies, health and welfare


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written examination  - 70%

Practical presentations and reports  - 30%


EMS Case Presentation (15%)
In-class assessment  (15%)


Clinical Skills portfolio (OSCE’s) - PASS/FAIL

MUST PASS 80% of components within the clinical skills portfolio

Formative assessment and feedback

Instructor and peer assessments

Online quiz

Reading list

Reading list for CLINICAL MODULE 1 - COMPANION ANIMAL : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms4005

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 1 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.