VET SC 7211RW - Equine Clinical Practice A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of evaluating case history, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and treatment or management of medical and surgical conditions encountered in equine practice. This course will focus on those conditions where the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, neurologic, or ophthalmologic systems are affected. Students will also be introduced to the application of diagnostic imaging, clinical pharmacology and fluid therapy to equine clinical cases.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7211RW
    Course Equine Clinical 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 8 hours per week
    Prerequisites VET SC 7000RW & VET SC 7002RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7001RW, VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7008RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of evaluating case history, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and treatment or management of medical and surgical conditions encountered in equine practice. This course will focus on those conditions where the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, neurologic, or ophthalmologic systems are affected. Students will also be introduced to the application of diagnostic imaging, clinical pharmacology and fluid therapy to equine clinical cases.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Darien Feary

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Make an accurate assessment of equine patient problems and formulate a list of differential diagnoses for problems affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems
    2 Select and request appropriate investigations for the equine cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems
    3 Interpret and evaluate data from history, physical examination and other investigations to formulate diagnosis in horses affected by disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal,
    neurologic, ophthalmic and integumentary systems
    4 Develop and implement comprehensive treatment, management and follow-up plans and monitor their effectiveness
    5 Manage complications of veterinary procedures and presenting problems
    6 Be able to describe conditions which are commonly seen in general practice, and which should be referred to specialists
    7 Be able to perform the following examinations: evaluation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, detailed lameness, neurologic and ophthalmic examinations.
    8 Be able to perform venipuncture and intravenous catheterization techniques, under supervision
    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, 7, 8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2, 3, 5, 6, 7,8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 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, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    7 hours of contact time per week. This will include approximately 3 hours of lectures plus 1 - 2 hours of tutorial. Team based learning sessions may replace some lectures and / or tutorials.

    There are 5 Practical classes of up to 3 hours each, over the course of 12 weeks. Students will be split into groups and attend alternate practicals.

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

    Online study guides support most lectures and interactive tutorial quizzes that build on student’s knowledge in the area of equine sciences. The problem solving tutorials and action-based learning approach in the practicals will help to develop that knowledge and the application of that knowledge further.

    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 Topics
    Cardiology
    Respiratory disease
    Urinary disorders
    Fever of unknown origin
    Clinical Pharmacology
    Fluid therapy
    Equine dermatology
    Equine wound management
    Neurology
    Neuromuscular disease
    Ophthalmology
    Musculoskeletal disease
    Assessment of poor performance

    Practical Topics
    Venepuncture
    Cardiorespiratory evaluation
    Neurologic evaluation
    Ocular examination
    Lameness investigation
    Wound management techniques

    Tutorial Topics
    Cardiology
    Respiratory disease (2)
    Urinary disease
    Neurologic disease
    Fluid therapy
    Antimicrobial therapy
    Weight loss
    Lameness / musculoskeletal (2)
    Wound management

  • 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
    Tutorial quizzes Formative
    Summative

    Following every tutorial
    10% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Practical examination Summative End of semester 20% No 1, 2,3, 6
    Mid-semester examination Formative
    Summative
    Approx week 6 20%

    Yes

    3, 4,5
    Final theory examination Summative End of semester 50% 3, 4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLE REQUIREMENTS

    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No Details of additional assessment, if available
    Mid-semester examination & Final theory
    examination
    50% Yes Students that do not attain this combined minimum mark of 50% for the theory examinations will be provided with an additional assessment in the form of a
    supplementary final theory examination.

    Students must achieve at least 40% to be eligible for an additional assessment

    Assessment Detail
    Mid and final semester theory examinations will test theoretical knowledge and application Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.

    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 in the context of equine practice.

    Tutorial 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.

    The practical examination will evaluate the knowledge and skills of students in techniques learned during the practical sessions.



    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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