VET SC 7250ARW - Equine Clinical Practice

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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
    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 Y
    Prerequisites VET SC 7001RW, VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7008RW, VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7009RW and VET SC 7010RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 2510RW, VET SC 3520RW, ANIML SC 2505RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students or by agreement with the course coordinator
    Assessment Intra-semester tests, End of semester examinations, Practical examination, Tutorial Quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Erik Noschka

    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. Perform 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)
    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
    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
    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:

    3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week
    1 Tutorials of 1 hour per week
    1 Practical of 3 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.
  • 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
    Tutorial quizzes Formative

    Throughout the semesters

    10% No 2,3,4,5
    Intra Tests Semester 1 Formative
    Week 6-8 Semester 1 10% No 1,3,4,7,8
    End of Semester 1 theory exam Summative Exam Week Semester 1 20% No 4,5,6
    Intra Tests Semester 2 Formative
    Week 6-8 Semester 2 10% No 4,5,6
    Practical examination Summative End of Semester 2 20% Yes 4,5,6
    Final theory examination Summative Exam Week Semester 2 30% Yes 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
    Practical examination 65%


    A supplementary final practical examination. Students must achieve at least 55% to be eligible for an additional assessment.
    Final theory examination 50% Yes A supplementary final theory examination. Students must achieve at least 45% to be eligible for an additional assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    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 Mid-semester tests 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.

    End of Semester 1 and Final theory examinations will test theoretical knowledge, application and integration of information of equine medicine and surgery. Question formats that might be used include MCQs, extended MCQs and short answers.

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