VET SC 7008RW - Veterinary Practice Fundamentals
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 7008RW Course Veterinary Practice Fundamentals Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7000RW, VET SC 7009RW Restrictions Available to DVM students only Course Description This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of clinical pathology. ln addition students will gain a knowledge and understanding of animal breeding including the ability to recognise, diagnose and treat the important clinical conditions affecting the reproductive system in domestic species.
Students will also gain a basic understanding and knowledge of clinical neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology and dermatology.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jose Len
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To understand the interaction of physiological and pathological processes in the context of clinical pathology 2 To be able to diagnose diseases and problems through clinical pathological techniques 3 To be able to use clinical pathology in the monitoring of large and small animal cases in veterinary practice 4 To be able to diagnose pregnancy in a variety of animal species 5 To understand oestrus cycles, parturition and abortion in a variety of animal species, including the various diseases that affect each stage 6 To understand and be able to assess ocular, neurological, cardiac and dermatological diseases
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)
1-6 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
1-6 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
1-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,4,5 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
Recommended ResourcesA variety of text books and reading resources will be required and will all be available through the Roseworthy library facilities.
Clinical and pathology suite resources will be available through the newly constructed veterinary teaching hospital at Roseworthy. Additional specialty suites may be required as needed
Digital microscopic imaging is available within pathology.
Protocols in which animal use occurs will follow all UofA guidelines and obtain ethics approval.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes3 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 1 hr tutorial, 1 x 3hr practicals per week
There will be elements of on-line assessment available through the relevant MyUni page
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 SummaryThe course is divided into 3 modules: Clinical Pathology, Theriogenology, and Clinical Principles (Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Cardiology).
Clinical Pathology introductionHaematologyBiochemistryCytology: sampling techniques, fluidsEquine clinical pathologyRuminant animal clinical pathologyCompanion animal clinical pathology
o Companion animal case studies
o Production animal case studies
o Equine case studies
o Pregnancy/pregnancy diagnosis and parturition in domestic species
o Manipulation of the oestrus cycle and induction of abortion/parturition in domestic species
o Reproduction and fertility examination in domestic species (males)
o Artificial insemination and embryo transfer in domestic species
o Applied reproduction in exotic species
o Dystocia, caesarean section and fetotomy
o Post-parturient problems in domestic species
o Diseases of pregnancy in domestic species
o Infertility and abortion in domestic species
o Oestrus recognition in domestic species
o Pregnancy diagnosis in domestic species
o Infertility in domestic species (case studies)
o Breeding soundness and infertility in domestic species (males)
o Analysis of computerised herd fertility records in cattle
o Companion animal breeding (case studies)
Lectures and practicals
o Clinical signs and approach to diagnosis of cardiac disease
o Forms of cardiac disease
o Basic principles and uses of ancillary diagnostic tools in diagnosis of cardiac disease
o Types of treatment used in the management of cardiac disease
o Clinical signs and approach to diagnosis of neurological disease in the domestic species
o Forms of neurological disease
o Types of treatments used in the management of neurological disease
o Clinical signs and approach to diagnosis of ocular disease in the domestic species
o Forms of ocular disease
o Principles and use of ophthalmoscopy and special examination techniques
o Types of treatment used in the management of ocular disease
o Clinical features of skin disease in the domestic species
o Diagnostic approaches and laboratory tests used to investigate skin disease
o Basic treatments used in the clinical management of skin diseases
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Clinical Pathology - In class written test Summative Week 11 10% Yes 1, 2, 3 Theriogenology - In class written test Summative Week 7 15% 4, 5 Clinical Pathology - End of semester practical test Summative End of semester exam weeks 10%
1, 2, 3 Theriogenology
- End of semester practical test
Summative End of semester exam weeks 15% No 4, 5 End of Semester theory exam (Clinical Pathology,
Theriogenology, and Clinical Principles (Ophthamology, Neurology, Dermatology,
Summative End of semester exam weeks 50% Yes 1-6 Weekly quizzes and assignments Summative Weeks 9 – 12 of Semester 2 0% No 1, 2, 3
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLE REQUIREMENTS
Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
does not meet hurdle requirement?
Details of additional assessment, if known Average of combined score for theriogenology and clinical pathology in-class test Minimum of 65% for theriogenology in-class written tests (15%) and clinical pathology in-class test (10%) Yes Students must achieve at least 60% to be eligible for additional assessment in the
components in which less than 65% was obtained.
Course co-ordinator’s discretion: may take form of written or oral examination, or essay format
End of Semester theory exam (Clinical Pathology, Theriogenology, and Clinical Principles (Ophthamology, Neurology, Dermatology, Cardiology)) Minimum
Yes Student must achieve 60% to be eligible for an additional assessment.
Assessment DetailWeekly quizzes and assignments (0%). Online-based clinical pathology scenarios to be completed by students in own time. Students will receive feedback in the following tutorial. Quizzes will run for 4 weeks of semester during the clinical pathology module.
In class written tests (25%). An in class test will be held within both the clinical pathology (10%) and theriogenology (15%) modules. These tests will address understanding of the material presented and will provide students with a benchmark for their progress.
End of semester practical exam (25%). Examination will test practical components of the clinical pathology (10%) and Theriogenology (15%) modules.
End of semester theory exam (50%). The 3 hour end of semester theory examination will test all modules of the course.
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.
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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
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