VET SC 7002RW - Fundamentals of Vet Anaes, Diag Imaging & Surgery

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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 Anaes, Diag 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 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Written assignments, in-class practical tests, final exam, mid-semester exam, Team Based Learning assignments / workshops
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Penny Tisdall

    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 and discuss 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered in the following means:

    Lectures:  weekly for the semester, 1 hr for each of the 3 disciplines (3 hrs per week).
    Practicals: 4 x 3 hr pracs for each discipline delivered as 1 x 3hr prac per week during the semester.
    Tutorials: 4 x 1 hr tutes for each discipline delivered as 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.

    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 complement the lecture content regarding aspects of radiography, normal radiographic anatomy, and will be an introduction to radiological interpretation and ultrasound use and assessment of ultrasound 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
    ·  Perianaesthetic drugs
    ·  Injectable anaesthetics
    ·  Inhalant anaesthetics
    ·  Monitoring
    ·  Principles of perioperative fluid therapy
    ·  Cases

    ·  Record Keeping
    ·  Equipment
    ·  Monitoring equipment
    ·  Drug calculations

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

    ·  Fundamental principles of surgery introduction
    ·  Antiseptics and patient preparation
    ·  Preparation of the surgical team and facilities
    ·  Sterilisation
    ·  Instrumentation and operative technique
    ·  Haemostasis
    ·  Bandages and drains
    ·  Review
    ·  Biomaterials, suture materials, implants and biofilms
    ·  Wound types and wound healing
    ·  Wound infection
    ·  Systemic considerations

    ·  Social hand wash
    ·  Surgical hand scrubbing
    ·  Aseptic gowning
    ·  Aseptic gloving

    ·  Surgical knot tying – instrument ties, hand ties, surgical suture patterns
    ·  Instrumentation: identification and use
    ·  Basic tissue handling
    ·  Principles of distal limb 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
    Team Based Learning assignments / workshops Formative & Summative Throughout the course 15% No 1-8
    In class practical tests Summative Week 10  and end of semester 25% Yes 1-8
    Mid-semester exam Summative Week 8 20% No 1-8
    End of Semester Exam Summative End of Semester 40%
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2019.
    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 65% 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: (25%) There will be practical tests given  in each discipline that total 25 % These may be online or in practical classes or sessions .
    Team Based Learning Assignments / Workshops: (15%):  Students will be assigned an assignment within their practical groups for and surgery (7.5%). There will be three team-based learning workshops for anaesthesia (7.5%). 
    Mid-Semester Exam: (20%) A mid-semester exam will be held to test course materail 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 will consist of multiple choice questions and or short 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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