Module code: VMS4006

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

TISDALL D Mr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation EMS CASE PRESENTATION 15
Practical based assessment CLINICAL SKILLS PORTFOLIO (OSCE) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


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 production animal practice at the various stages of the animal’s life cycle. The emphasis will be on maintaining production animal health, safeguarding welfare and sustaining productivity, through a proactive approach to herd / flock health management working in partnership with animal owners. 

Module aims

To apply existing knowledge, and clinical and professional skills to production animal practice across the different stages of production cycle in dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, camelids and deer.

Develop a rational problem-solving approach to the common presentations in farm animal species at individual and herd / flock level

Indicate the role of veterinary surgeon in leading a proactive, evidenced-based and cost-effective approach to herd / flock health management, including prevention and control, through partnership and effective communication with farmers.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Clinical examination and problem solving in the context of production animal species

Management common disease presentations at different lifecycle stages (neonates, youngstock, growing / finishing animals and adults) for the main production animal species (dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, camelids and deer).

Production animal therapeutics and responsible medicines use

Optimising animal health, welfare and production for the main production animal species through preventative medicine, disease control strategies and improved farm management and animal husbandry

Problem solving at population level: Applied clinical epidemiology in herd health / flock management and on farm risk assessment

Reproduction and obstetrics

Production animal neonatology: Immunity, environmental management and infectious disease

Managing youngstock: Respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, nutrition and growth

Managing growing / finishing animals: nutrition and growth, reproduction and sustainable parasite control

Managing adult production animals

Udder health: mastitis, milk quality and milk yield
Mobility and foot health: Managing the environment and the animal
Reproductive health, fertility and obstetrics: Breeding for health and longevity
Clinical nutrition and metabolic health: feeding for health, disease  and production
Infectious disease: Monitoring and vaccination
Production animal economics: decision-making for investment in preventative programmes, treatment and culling
Emergency medicine and euthanasia
Public health and zoonoses

An introduction to camelid medicine and surgery

An introduction to goat medicine and surgery

Pet farm animals and gerontology

Public Health and zoonotic disease prevention

The vet as a welfare advocate for production animals: management practices and their welfare implications

Alternative approaches to sustainable production: Organic, extensive and robotic systems 

The farm veterinary professional: leadership, business, communication and reflective practice


Presentations and Practicals – 32 hours

Small-group practical sessions

Fertility and obstetrics
Mobility and Udder health
Herd health management and farm audit

EMS case presentations

Herd health and communication skills group task

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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

Develop, reinforce and apply essential clinical and professional skills in production animal practice

Develop, reinforce and apply problem-solving skills at individual animal and population level through case-based learning

Practice communicating about health and welfare related issues in production animal practice

Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the veterinarian as an animal care advocate in production animal practice

Reinforce a holistic view of care of production animals including nutrition, husbandry and welfare

Develop, rehearse and perform day one clinical skills, both under supervision and independently, in the context of simulation training and making use of live animal resources if appropriate

Take responsibility for their own independent learning and develop skills in reflective practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

Small-group practical teaching
Clinical skills simulation and role play
Case-based learning
Self-directed individual and group learning

Assessment Strategy

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

Clinical and professional skills in production animal practice

Problem-solving and case-management skills at both individual animal and population level

Knowledge of production animal health management protocols

Communication in both oral and written format aimed at the client / farmer education

Understanding of the relationships between life stage, disease risk and preventative strategies, health and welfare

Demonstrate day one clinical skills, in the context of simulation training and making use of live animal resources if appropriate, within a must-pass clinical skills portfolio

Thus, summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written examination – 70%

Practical presentations and reports – 30%

EMS Case Presentation (15%)
Herd Health Management Audit (15%)

MUST PASS 80% of components within the clinical skills portfolio

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessments: Instructor assessments

Reading list


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.