Veterinary Medicine and Science - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

BVMSci (Hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Science
Ord Veterinary Science
DipHE Veterinary Science
CertHE Veterinary Science

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time with PTY UCE30001 600 credits and 300 ECTS credits

JACs code

D210

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Veterinary science (Bachelor)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Veterinary Medicine

Programme Leader

JEEVARATNAM K Dr (Vet Med)

Date of production/revision of spec

22/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The aim of this programme will be to graduate students with skills, knowledge and attributes required for Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons i.e. to achieve accreditation of the programme by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Specific educational goals are to produce competent and confident veterinarians with more than day One competencies and a good understanding of evidence based practice, the scientific process along with strong professional communication skills and technical competencies. The student will be encouraged to have a global perspective.

To provide students with the opportunity to learn the breadth of the subject with emphasis on clinical science, veterinary pathology and research

To provide a fully-integrated programme with hands-on practical experience early in the programme

To provide the appropriate environment to encourage the development of the students' interest in veterinary medicine and science and to help them acquire appropriate intellectual, scientific, technical and key transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning

To provide a programme that is focused on the FAIR principles of education providing: Feedback, Active participation in learning, Individualisation and Relevance in a changing world

To provide clinical education through a distributed model of teaching that provides training by specialist and general veterinary practitioners

To provide an opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and research skills from our partner institutes, including the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, the Pirbright Institute and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate

To ensure a multidisciplinary approach to learning that encompasses veterinary clinical sciences, clinical training and comprehensive professional and business skills.

To provide opportunities for international placements with our global partners in Brazil, the USA and other countries

To further the students' knowledge of the fundamental principles of veterinary medicine and to develop a deeper knowledge in the close relationship between human and animal health

To provide state of the art research training within world-leading veterinary research institutes and veterinary practices

To develop critical analytical skills in relation to identifying problems, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, interpreting data and drawing conclusions

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
The sciences on which the activities of a veterinarian are based K
Research methods and the contribution of basic and applied research to all aspects of veterinary science K
How to evaluate evidence K
The structure and function of healthy animals, and all aspects of their husbandry K
The aetiology and pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of the common disease and disorders that occur in the common domestic species in the UK K
The legislation applicable to welfare of animals and notifiable diseases K
Principles of drug actions and appropriate use of pharmaceutical agents K
Medicines legislation and guidelines of their responsible use K
Principles of disease prevention and promotion of health and welfare K
Veterinary public health issues including zoonoses and food safety K
Have a basic knowledge of the organisation and management of veterinary practice including basic human resources legislation, awareness of how fees are calculated, invoices drawn up and the importance of record keeping K
Evaluate research findings and the scientific literature and demonstrate the ability to find and evaluate appropriate sources of material and to critically assess it C
Demonstrate an understanding of research design and planning and the limitations of research findings C
Recognise that statements should be tested and that evidence is subject to assessment and critical evaluation C
Think independently, set tasks and solve problems C
Ability to use information technology effectively to communicate, share, collect, manipulate and analyse information C
Importance of complying with professional standards and policies of the practice C
Understand the need for a commitment to continuing professional development throughout one's professional life C
Conduct oneself in a professional manner and understand and apply the ethical codes set out by the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct C
Obtain an accurate and relevant history of an animal or group and its environment P
Handle and restrain an animal safely and humanely and instruct others in performing these techniques P
Perform a complete physical examination P
Attend all species in an emergency and provide basic first aid P
Assess correctly the nutritional status of an animal and advise the client on principles of husbandry and feeding P
Collect, preserve and transport samples, perform standard laboratory tests, and interpret the results P
Use radiographic, ultrasonic and other technical equipment that can be used as a diagnostic aid safely and in accordance with regulations P
Follow correct procedures after diagnosing notifiable, reportable and zoonotic diseases P
Know and apply the RCVS twelve principles of certification correctly P
Access the appropriate sources of data on licensed medicines; prescribe and dispense medicines correctly and responsibility in accordance with relevant legislation and ensure that medicines and waste are safely stored and /or disposed of P
Correctly apply principles of sterilisation of surgical equipment P
Correctly apply principles of aseptic surgery P
Safely perform sedation, general and regional anaesthesia, implement chemical methods of restraint and assess and control pain P
Advise on and administer appropriate treatment P
Recognise when euthanasia is necessary and perform it humanely and sensitively P
Perform a gross post mortem examination, record details, sample tissues, store and transport them P
Perform an ante mortem examination of animals destined for the food chain P
Assess and implement basic health and welfare records P
Advise on and carry out, preventive and prophylactic programmes appropriate to the species and commensurate with accepted animal health, welfare and public health standards, seeking advice and assistance where necessary from professional colleagues P
Minimise the risk of contamination, cross infection and accumulation of pathogens in the veterinary premises and in the field P
Communicate effectively with all stakeholders T
Listen effectively to clients, respond sympathetically to clients and others using language that is context appropriate T
Prepare clear case reports T
Work effectively as a member of a team T
Be aware of the ethical responsibilities of a veterinary surgeon T
Be aware of the economic and emotional climate in which the veterinary surgeon operates T
Be able to cope with uncertainty and adapt to change T
Develop a capacity for self-audit and willingness to participate in the peer review process T
Be aware of personal limitations and demonstrate awareness of when and from where to seek professional advice, assistance and support T
Assess impact of handling and restraint on the animal's welfare KPT
Ensure appropriate hygiene procedures are followed when handling animals and use appropriate protective clothing KPT
Move and lift animals using approved manual handling and lifting techniques P
Safely restrain animals of various ages for examinations, and manage and instruct others to assist in the handling and restraint of animals safely KPT
Describe the basic nutritional needs of animals in various production systems KC
Define normal parameters for the vital signs (i.e. temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate and capillary refill time) for the domestic species (i.e. horse, cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, rabbits, exotics) KPT
Apply basic scientific knowledge of cell biology and genetics to the context of the animal body KPT
Integrate topical scientific knowledge in genetics with clinical implications such as animal breeding for certain phenotype characteristics KPT
Apply physiological principles to understand homeostasis KPT
Gain basic scientific laboratory skills KPT
Understand the structure, function and development of the integumentary and gastrointestinal systems KP
Understand the anatomical and physiological differences of the GI tract in different species and how these relate to the animal's diet KP
Apply functional and structural knowledge of the integument and alimentary systems to basic clinical examination of veterinary species KCPT
Assess animal behaviour relating to the effects of pain and/or dysfunction of the GI system K
Formulate a hypothesis to explain the problem while gaining basic knowledge CT
Engage in higher-order thinking by evaluating prior knowledge with an understanding of the presented problem KCPT
Organise their own group learning sessions PT
Communicate effectively with their group PT
Experience and participate in peer-group learning KPT
Explain the relevance of “lifelong learning” to a veterinary professional KC
Describe concepts relevant to lifelong learning e.g. learning styles, Kolb's cycle and reflection KC
Describe ways to overcome common roadblocks to learning KC
Discuss the five core components and three coordinating mechanisms of teamwork, according to Salas et al., 2005 K
Demonstrate practical skills involved with effective teamwork CPT
Describe the steps involved in researching a clinical question K
Demonstrate information location and evaluation skills CPT
Describe what factors can contribute to stress in the veterinary profession KC
Discuss the practical, effective coping strategies that can be used in dealing with stress CPT
Describe what forms of mental health and wellbeing support are available to undergraduate veterinary students K
Discuss the five principles of practice, as listed in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct KC
Explain the professional responsibilities of a veterinary surgeon, as listed in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct KC
Demonstrate competent use of personal financial planning tools e.g. budget KPT
Describe what is meant by effective communication e.g.: appropriate interpersonal non-verbal behaviour; open and closed questioning; active listening; reflective listening; empathic communication (verbal and nonverbal), public speaking KPT
Describe the different career paths that are available to veterinary graduates K
Explain the epidemiological principles of disease causation K
Interpret results from epidemiological studies C
Discuss the role of economics in the allocation of scarce resources KC
List the legislative requirements that are relevant to the production of safe food, and protection of the environment with respect to the impact of animal production (especially the HACCP regulations) K
Discuss the risks to human health from important zoonoses in the home, food chain or environment, including occupational exposures and leisure activities and describe how these may be mitigated KCP
Explain the principles of veterinary certification
Identify social and cultural factors that motivate people to change or that act as barriers to change KPT
Describe the basic mechanisms of disease and apply acquired foundation knowledge KP
Understand what are the causes, development and consequences of disease by using the principles of disease: injury, adaptation, inflammation, repair, neoplasia, and their physiologic correlates (pathogenic mechanisms) KPT
Perform a necropsy, to identify common incidental findings during the necropsy and in photographs, recognize abnormal findings (lesions) and write a concise necropsy report by using proper medical terminology and use appropriate tools for collecting data (photographic images) KCPT
Describe lesions using appropriate terminology KPT
Determine the molecular basis for pathological damages from cells to organs and whole body systems and describe and interpret pathological changes occurring at the cellular and organ level and understand the commonality of the disease process across species including concepts of One Health, One Medicine KCPT
Use electronic databases critically to selectively access information T
Interpret and assess the relevance of scientific literature PT
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the research project topic, informed by current scholarship and research K
Show a capacity for independent research CP
Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret research data C
Write a detailed and well-constructed scientific report CPT
Present research findings orally in a structured and scientific manner, including responding to questions relating to background material, data analysis and interpretation of results CPT
Be confident in their transition to practice in the areas above armed with the basic practical skills and the theory under pinning their practice and knowledge of the relevant legislation and restricted drug use KCPT
Safely operate radiology equipment prior to beginning their clinical EMS rotations KPT
Safely conduct themselves in an operating theatre, using appropriate attire and self-positioning and movements KCPT
Perform suture techniques relevant for the various species KPT
Ensure safe behaviour and operation in the handling of anaesthetic drugs and equipment KPT
Understand and apply the regulations relating to drug use and handling in the profession, drug withdrawal times for production animals, restricted and scheduled drugs and their handling KPT
Demonstrate what is meant by relationship‐centred and paternalistic medicine KPT
Demonstrate the importance of four key communication skills: non‐verbal skills, open‐ended enquiry, reflective listening, empathy and the relative importance of verbal and non‐verbal communication CPT
Demonstrate the key skills needed for the stages of the Calgary Cambridge framework KCPT
Develop a deep understanding of the diseases and injuries that affect the various body systems, perform clinical examinations in different species and carry out and interpret ancillary tests KP
Obtain an accurate and relevant history of the animal(s) and environment KP
Establish the differential diagnosis through the use of the appropriate diagnostic techniques to arrive at the definitive diagnosis, evaluate and communicate short and long-term prognosis KCP
Describe the role and obligations of the veterinarian in animal welfare and the RCVS stand on ethics in the veterinary profession P
Combine interdisciplinary knowledge across all the basic scientific and clinical subjects to understand the performance of safe anaesthesia and sterile surgery KCP
Demonstrate their technical skills in the safe performance of anaesthetic equipment and neutering surgery KP
Demonstrate their competence in performing a clinical examination and pre-anaesthetic assessment of a small animal KCPT
Assess animal behaviour, considering the effects of pain perioperatively and communicate the needs for the care of the animal to the owner or agent. KCPT
Assess and manage the disorders seen in intensively raised and laboratory animals related to their signalment by age, gender and breed. KPT
Describe and demonstrate the role of preventive medicine in veterinary practice as it relates to intensively raised and laboratory animals KCPT
Define and discuss the roles of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for welfare and wellness of the animals in their care relevant to laboratory animals and intensively produced animals KCPT
Explain the relevance of biodiversity and ecosystem health to sustainable livestock farming and human prosperity, discussing the linkage of wildlife, domestic animal and human health – ecosystem health and One Health concept with regard to wildlife health and disease. KP
Discuss the challenge of allocation of resources for conservation. Ex situ and in situ conservation; proximate and ultimate drivers of extinction (e.g. susceptibility to disease outbreaks vs habitat loss/fragmentation) KP
Explain concepts of population dynamics and role of disease in wildlife populations (e.g. micro- and macro-parasites are part of biodiveristy; disease as a threat to wildlife populations) and discuss epidemiology and impact of disease on wildlife populations. Why some populations are more vulnerable than others (Population Viability Analysis); pathogen pollution; anthropogenic drivers of disease emergence KP
Recommend appropriate interventions for management of wildlife diseases (e.g. vaccination, movement restriction, culling, translocations) and discuss associated ethical, welfare, economic and logistical issues (e.g. bovine TB in badgers; fox rabies in Europe; wildlife rehabilitaiton centres) KP
Evaluate methods to detect and monitor disease in wildlife populations, and interpret the results given biases in surveillance design and critically interpret surveillance data concerning emerging diseases from wildlife populations KCPT
Explain the importance of wildlife zoonoses and stages in disease emergence (Wolfe et al paper) and potential for occupational risks to veterinary practioners KCPT
Describe and develop management plans for the disorders seen in equine patients related to their signalment by age, gender and breed KPT
Describe and implement a preventive medicine plan in equine veterinary practice setting KCPT
Describe and be able to enact the role of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for welfare and wellness of the animals in their care especially relevant to equine species KCPT
Describe and develop a management plan for the disorders seen in companion animals related to their signalment by age, gender and breed KPT
Describe and enact the role of preventive medicine in companion animal veterinary practice KCPT
Describe and enact the role of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for welfare and wellness of the animals in their care especially relevant to companion animals KCPT
Describe and develop a management plan for the disorders seen in production animals related to their signalment by age, gender and breed KP
Describe and enact the role of preventive medicine (herd health) in production animal practice KCPT
Describe and enact the role of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for welfare and wellness of the animals in their care especially relevant to production animals KCPT
Appreciate the framework and regulations that govern the safe international trade in animals and animal products and the role of organisations including the World Trade Organisation and the OIE in developing these regulations KCPT
Design, conduct and evaluate the results from a literature search for a contemporary issue, including peer-reveiwed and grey literature KCPT
VAnalyse international surveillance data, including the identification and description of sources of bias RCVS KCPT
Debate contentious issues in a rational and professional manner, including with others who may take extreme positions KCPT
Develop influencing skills that are compatible with an evidence-based, welfare conscious and professional approach that can be employed to shape policy and decision-making KCPT
Demonstrate communication skills to obtain a thorough clinical history and communicate a plan to the client KPT
Competently handle and restrain companion animals and perform a complete physical examination in a manner that minimises stress and potential injury to the animal, clients and staff KPT
Identify, define, and prioritise problems and develop prioritised problem lists, synthesize a list of differential diagnoses, and communicate appropriate diagnostic plans based on the differential diagnoses and economics KCPT
Obtain samples, competently perform and interpret diagnostic tests (e.g. blood sampling, faecal collection) and understand sample handling and labelling KCPT
Calculate drug doses and administer medication under supervision KPT
Competently prepare a patient for surgery by clipping, cleaning and draping the surgical site and the surgeon by correctly applying principles of aseptic surgery; preparing for surgery by scrubbing, gowning and gloving in an aseptic manner KPT
Identify, define, and prioritise problems including triage of emergency patients and recognise and assist with treatment of common emergency and critical care patients by effectively implementing first aid for a variety of species KCPT
Interpret radiographs and prepare a list of differential diagnosis KCPT
Be aware of the methods of assessment and methods of pain amelioration in surgical or neurological patients KCPT
Perform a neurological examination to localise a neurological lesion(s) and be able to establish a differential diagnosis list and possible prognoses for same
Understand the various reasons for referral of cases and the correct steps timing and professional requirements involved
Appreciate the multiple roles of the veterinarian in the protection of the food chain KCPT
Be able to develop a plan for lessening the risk of disease transmission in various food related scenarios KCPT
Recognise important veterinary public health issues, and the role that veterinary surgeons play in recognizing and addressing problems of public health importance KCPT
Develop a response plan in the event of a public health emergency, such as a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or a bioterrorist attack KCPT
Discuss the different types of surveillance and their strengths and limitations KCPT
Understand the components of a disease outbreak investigation, including identification of important associations and risk factors, and implementation of appropriate intervention and prevention strategies KCPT
Perform ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection in meat, being aware of the most common findings and the implications for public health KPT
Recognise and apply principles of operational food hygiene KPT
Demonstrate the importance of the veterinarians in protecting public health and as part of the food inspection team KCPT
Recognise the importance of biosecurity on cattle units and personal cleaning and disinfection procedures KPT
Demonstrate communication skills so that they can obtain a thorough clinical history including herd health management and communicate a plan to the client KPT
Perform examination per rectum and per vagina to investigate reproductive failure and undertake pregnancy diagnosis by rectal palpation or by ultrasound KPT
Diagnose lameness by clinical examination, become proficient in locomotor scoring and remedial foot trimming KPT
Recognise and assist with treatment of common emergency and critical care patients and implement first aid for a variety of species KCPT
Interpret radiographs and prepare a list of differential diagnosis KCPT
Assess the public health implications of production animal disease (occupational and food chain) at individual animal and farm level KCPT
Consider and be able to articulate appropriate animal husbandry, nutrition and preventive medicine implications for herd, based on any diagnoses made, e.g., a general vaccination or anti-parasite protocol KCPT
Consider and articulate regulatory and public health implications of their treatment protocol with reference to withholding times for meat and milk KCPT
Calculate costs of procedures and diagnostics, calculate client bill and provide cost estimate for clients KCPT
Understand and be able to articulate the interaction between the private veterinarian and Government Veterinary Service at farm level in disease control procedures, such as TB testing and abortion investigation KCPT
Develop skills to effectively communicate with the relevant stakeholder(s) KPT
Identify, define, and prioritise problems and develop prioritised problem lists, synthesize a list of differential diagnoses, and communicate appropriate diagnostic plans based on the differential diagnoses and economics KCPT
Develop an evidence-based plan KCPT
Produce a report relevant to the area of study and document this on their portfolio KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor of Veterinary and Medicine and Science Degree programme is studied full-time over five years, consisting of 600 credits studied at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 5 - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
1

Optional modules for Year 5 - FHEQ Level 7

N/A

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

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.