VET SC 7002RW - Fundamentals of Vet Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging & Surgery

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course will introduce basic principles of surgery, provide students with a knowledge and understanding of anaesthesia in veterinary species, and teach the student a safe practical approach to veterinary diagnostic imaging with an introduction to the principals of image interpretation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7002RW
    Course Fundamentals of Vet Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging & Surgery
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Course Description This course will introduce basic principles of surgery, provide students with a knowledge and understanding of anaesthesia in veterinary species, and teach the student a safe practical approach to veterinary diagnostic imaging with an introduction to the principals of image interpretation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Erik Noschka

    Additional Course Description:
    This course is split into three components: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, Anaesthesia and Surgery.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Use radiographic, ultrasonic and other technical equipment that can be used as a diagnostic aid, safely and in accordance with current regulations.
    2 Apply the basic principles of radiographic interpretation to a radiographic study, utilising a sound underlying knowledge of the radiographic anatomy of the dog, cat and horse.
    3 Be aware of the common applications, advantages and disadvantages of radiography, ultrasound, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine
    4 Demonstrate the set up and use of anaesthetic equipment
    5 Describe pain physiology and pathophysiology and be aware of pain management
    6 Describe the drugs used in anaesthesia, discuss basic concepts in anaesthetic protocols, cardiopulmonary monitoring and fluid therapy
    7 List, discuss and apply the fundamental principles of surgery
    8 List and justify the best practice surgical methods employed to minimize surgical complications and optimise wound healing.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered in the following means:

    Lectures: weekly for the semester, (up to 4 hrs per week).
    Practicals: Practicals for each discipline delivered as up to 1 x 3-4 hr prac approximately every second week during the semester.
    Tutorials: Tutorials for each discipline delivered as up to 1 x 1hr tute per week during the semester.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is divided into three components: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, Anaesthesia and Surgery.

    Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
    · X-Rays: Production and equipment
    · Detectors & image processing
    · Radiation safety
    · Radiographic techniques
    · Radiographic quality
    · Basics of image interpretation
    · Ultrasound
    · Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI

    Practical sessions -will focus on aspects of radiography, normal radiographic anatomy, and will introduce radiological interpretation, ultrasonography use and assessment of ultrasonography images.

    Will be utilised to work on the team-based project, and to also cover certain topics such as radiographic geometry.

    · Introduction to anaesthesia and patient evaluation
    · Airway management
    · Pain
    · Opioids
    · Adjunctive Analgesics
    · Review
    · Peri-anaesthetic drugs
    · Injectable anaesthetics
    · Inhalant anaesthetics
    · Monitoring
    · Principles of perioperative fluid therapy
    · Cases

    · Clinical applications of analgesia
    · Patient monitoring – case examples - videos

    · Set up, airway management, catheters and syringes
    · Anaesthesia machine, vaporiser, breathing systems
    · Monitoring equipment
    · Drug calculations, fluid therapy set up

    · Preparation of the surgical team
    · Antiseptics and patient preparation
    · Instrumentation and operative technique
    · Sterilisation
    · Suture materials
    · Haemostasis
    · Stages of wound healing
    · Surgical principles of wound healing
    · Wound types & methods of closure
    · Bandages and drains

    · Social hand wash, surgical hand scrubbing, aseptic gowning and aseptic gloving
    · Surgical knot tying – instrument ties, hand ties, surgical suture patterns, tissue handling
    · Instrumentation: identification and use
    · Principles of bandaging
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
    Quizzes Formative & Summative Throughout the course 30% No 1-8
    In class practical tests Summative Week 10 and end of semester 25% Yes 1-3,7
    Mid-semester exam Summative Week 8 30% No 1-3,7,8
    End of Semester Exam Summative End of Semester 40% Yes 1-8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement?
    Details of additional assessment, if known
    In class practical tests Demonstrate competent performance of all required activities Yes Additional practical tests will be given
    End of Semester Exam 50% in each part of the exam Yes Additional Exam will be given
    Assessment Detail
    In class practical tests (0%): There will be practical based tests given in each discipline that are pass or fail. These may be online for instrument identification, during or outside of practical classes or sessions.

    Quizzes (30%): There will be an quizzes for all disciplines (10 % per discipline). These quizzes will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the application of knowledge and concepts discussed. Students will receive feedback to assist with improvement of their knowledge base. Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs, matching, extended matching and short answers.

    Mid-Semester Exam (30%): A mid-semester exam will be held to test course material delivered up to week 7. The exam will consist of multiple choice questions and or short answer questions.

    End of semester exam (40%): An end of semester exam will be held to test all 3 disciplines of the course. The exam may consist of multiple choice questions, short and long answer questions.
    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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