VET SC 7210RW - Companion Animal Practice A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

In this course students will learn about the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the medical and surgical conditions that are encountered in companion animal practice. Specifically, students will concentrate on aspects of anaesthesia, reproductive surgery, infectious diseases, cardio-respiratory, gastro-intestinal, urinary tract, neurology, oncology and trauma. In practical classes, students will develop clinical problem solving ability, practice clinical techniques associated with the diagnosis and treatment of common clinical conditions, and develop anaesthesia, surgical and imaging skills. Integrated learning activities and tutorials will be used to complement the lectures and to integrate other learning areas such as clinical pathology and pharmacology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7210RW
    Course Companion Animal Practice A
    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 plus 4 day spey & neuter clinic rotations during the semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7009RW, VET SC 7010RW, VET SC 7001RW, VET SC 7005RW, VET SC 7008RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description In this course students will learn about the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the medical and surgical conditions that are encountered in companion animal practice. Specifically, students will concentrate on aspects of anaesthesia, reproductive surgery, infectious diseases, cardio-respiratory, gastro-intestinal, urinary tract, neurology, oncology and trauma.
    In practical classes, students will develop clinical problem solving ability, practice clinical techniques associated with the diagnosis and treatment of common clinical conditions, and develop anaesthesia, surgical and imaging skills.
    Integrated learning activities and tutorials will be used to complement the lectures and to integrate other learning areas such as clinical pathology and pharmacology.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Olaf Schaaf

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Be able to apply knowledge of material taught in previous courses to clinical veterinary medicine, especially anatomy (surgery and imaging), physiology (medicine) and pathology.
    2 Be able to take a client history and perform a clinical examination in the diagnosis of dog and cat diseases.
    3 Be able to describe the common medical and surgical disorders of dogs and cats, including their pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment.
    4 Be able to establish differential diagnoses for important medical and surgical conditions of companion animals and be able to use this to establish a diagnostic and therapeutic approach
    5 Be able to perform diagnostic imaging procedures (especially interpretation of radiographs).
    6 Be able
    to induce and maintain anaesthesia of companion animals for straight-forward
    cases
    7 Be able to perform basic surgical procedures independently, under supervision.
    8 Be able to describe conditions which are commonly seen in general practice, and
    which should be referred to specialists
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    4 Lectures/tutorials of 1 hour each per week
    1 Practical of 3 hours for 8 weeks

    Students will also undertake rotations throughout the spay & neuter clinic four times during the semester.

    Students will receive lecture notes and other materials online and will be required to log on weekly to blackboard. 

    Workload

    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
    Lecture/tutorial topics
    Anaesthesia
    Reproductive surgery
    Infectious diseases
    Cardio-respiratory problems
    Gastrointestinal problems
    Urinary tract problems
    Neurology
    Oncology
    Trauma

    Practical classes
    Gastrointestinal medicine
    Gastrointestinal surgery
    Thoracic surgery
    Cardio-respiratory medicine
    Urinary tract medicine
    Neurology
    Oncology
    Trauma : triage, problem solving, case management
    Spay/neuter clinics

  • 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
    On-course assessment Formative

    Summative
    Throughout
    semester


    0%

    20%
    No 2, 3, 4, 5
    Practical assessment Formative Throughout
    semester
    0% No 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Mid-semester Exam Summative Week 7 20% No 1, 3, 4, 8
    Final exam Summative End of Semester 60% No 1, 3, 4, 8
    Assessment Detail
    On-course assessment will be comprised of a combination of activities to enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the application of knowledge and concepts discussed and to identify areas of deficiency prior to the mid-semester and final examination.  Activities could include quizzes, interpretation of diagnostic images, and mini assignments.  Students will receive feedback to assist with improvement of their knowledge base. Various activities will be assessed throughout the semester, based upon the activities undertaken at the time (these will depend on the case-load available to the students).

    Students will also receive formative assessment of their practical skills (anaesthesia, imaging, surgery) within relevant practical activities.

    Mid and final semester examinations will test theoretical knowledge, application and practical skills.  Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs, short answers, practical tests and
    OSCEs.

    The Mid-semester examination will serve to guide the students on the level of knowledge required to successfully complete the course, and give them experience with the various question types.

     



    Submission
    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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