VET SC 7250ARW - Equine Clinical Practice Part 1

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7250ARW
    Course Equine Clinical Practice Part 1
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I DVM or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 2510RW, VET SC 3520RW, ANIML SC 2505RW
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only or by agreement with the course coordinator
    Assessment Mid Semester tests, End of Semester examinations, Quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Elisabeth-Lidwien Verdegaal

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    1. Interpret a complete clinical examination including focused examination of each of the body systems 
    2. Make an accurate assessment of equine patient problems and formulate a list of differential diagnoses
    3. Select and request appropriate investigations
    4. Interpret and evaluate data from history, physical examination and other investigations to formulate diagnosis in horses
    5. Develop and implement comprehensive treatment, management and follow-up plans and monitor their effectiveness
    6. Manage complications of veterinary procedures and presenting problems
    7. Describe conditions which are commonly seen in general practice, and which should be referred to specialists
    8. Implement appropriate preventative, management and therapeutic strategies for horses
    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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    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:

    A total of up to 7 contact hours per week, comprised of a mix of the following depending on the individual week:

    Lectures of up to 7 hours per week
    Tutorials of up to 4 hours per week
    Practical of up to 6 hours per week

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

    A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week (per Semester) 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 will apply a body systems based approach to the theoretical and practical aspect of medical and surgical disorders of horses.

    Students will develop clinical problem solving ability using case analyses.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Any practical class or activity involving the handling of horses will require students to wear hard-toed boots and clean overalls. Failure to wear these items will preclude the participation in that practical class. Long hair should be tied back or covered and jewellery removed. For activities involving clinical examination of animals, it is recommended that long nails be trimmed. It is also recommended that hats be worn for outdoor activities.

    Due to the clinical nature of the core knowledge and skills that are being imparted during the tutorials and practicals, and the fact that the tutorial sessions are interactive and include problem solving activities, and practicals involve live animals, these components are compulsory and may be associated with a graded quiz before or after the relevant activity.
  • 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 Yes or No Learning Outcome
    Quizzes Formative &

    Throughout the semesters

    10% No 2, 3, 4, 5
    Mid-semester Tests Semester 1 Formative & Summative Week 6-8 Semester 1 10% No 3, 4, 7, 8
    End of Semester 1 exam Summative Exam Week Semester 1 30% No 4, 5, 6
    Mid-semester Tests Semester 2 Formative &
    Week 6-8 Semester 2 10% No 4, 5, 6
    Final exam Summative End of Semester 2 40% Yes 1, 4 ,5 ,6
    Assessment Related 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
    Final exam 50%


    A supplementary final theory examination. Students must achieve at least 45% to be eligible for an additional assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    The Equine Clinical Practice course is a 6 unit course delivered over 2 semesters, comprised of Part 1 and Part 2. A final grade is only given in Part 2, which comprises all assessments undertaken in Part 1 and Part 2.

    Quizzes (10%)
    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 Mid-semester tests (20%) (10% each semester) 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. Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.

    End of Semester 1 exam (30%) will test theoretical and practical based knowledge, application and integration of information of equine medicine and surgery. Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.

    Final exam (40%) will test theoretical and practical based knowledge, application and integration of information of equine medicine and surgery. Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.
    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:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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