VET TECH 2015RW - Clinical Studies A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course is a study of the most important diseases affecting domestic and captive animals, wildlife, fish and crustaceans in aquaculture facilities. Emphasis is given to the recognition, clinical signs, treatment, supportive care and prevention of these conditions. Veterinary technologists work with a range of animals including household pets, horses and other companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife at large or in zoological collections; there are many commonalities between species in the way disease agents and environmental conditions affect tissues and organ systems. By studying animal health the important commonalities and differences can be highlighted and explored to provide further insights into disease and ill health processes in different animal species.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 2015RW
    Course Clinical Studies A
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program
    Corequisites VET TECH 2035RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description This course is a study of the most important diseases affecting domestic and captive animals, wildlife, fish and crustaceans in aquaculture facilities. Emphasis is given to the recognition, clinical signs, treatment, supportive care and prevention of these conditions. Veterinary technologists work with a range of animals including household pets, horses and other companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife at large or in zoological collections; there are many commonalities between species in the way disease agents and environmental conditions affect tissues and organ systems. By studying animal health the important commonalities and differences can be highlighted and explored to provide further insights into disease and ill health processes in different animal species.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Carolyn Botes

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Perform a clinical examination of common domestic animals and wildlife of Australia to determine normal health and detect clinical signs of ill-health
    2 Describe the clinical signs which can be observed when animals are affected by specific conditions
    3 Display an understanding of the way diseases of specific organ systems lead to clinical expression of ill health and perform appropriate diagnostic sample collection
    4 Prepare a management plan for caring and supporting animals affected by ill-health
    5 Outline the ways that specified diseases can be prevented, controlled or eliminated from individual or groups of animals
    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    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.

    2, 3, 4, 5

    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.

    1, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    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.

    4, 5

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    4, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    3, 4, 5

    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.

    1
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will be delivered over three hours each week from week 1 to week 13, and will cover:
    • Safe restraint of animals for examination.
    • The clinical examination of dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, horses and wildlife & exotic species.
    • Important diseases and conditions of dogs, cats, sheep, horses and wildlife & exotic species. Diseases will include those of the integument, musculoskeletal system, nervous system; circulatory and respiratory systems; gastro-intestinal tract; reproductive and urinary systems. Presentation & common clinical signs, aetiology, diagnostic sampling, nursing management & supportive care, and prevention & client education will be explored for each of the diseases/conditions.
    Practicals will run over a single four-hour session each week from week 1 to 10, and will cover:
    • The clinical examination and safe restraint of dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, horses and wildlife & exotic species.
    • Collection of biological specimens from animals for the purposes of diagnostic pathology.
    • Clinical nursing and supportive care skills including oxygen supplementation, supplemental feeding, urinary catheterisation, wound care and rehabilitation.
    Tutorials will run over a 2-hour session in weeks 11 and 12, and will include:
    • Research into a selected disease or condition, with the aim to develop an extensive nursing management plan, which will form part of the students’ assignment.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at all practical and tutorial classes is 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 Weighting Hurdle
    Yes/No
    Learning Outcome Approximate timing of assessment
    Online Quiz 1 Formative, summative 10% No 2, 3, 4, 5 Week 4
    Online Quiz 2 Formative, summative 15% No 2, 3, 4, 5 Week 8
    Assignment Summative 15% No 3, 4, 5 Week 12
    Practical exam Summative 25% Yes 1 Week 13
    Final Exam Summative 35% Yes 2, 3, 5 Exam Period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task with Hurdle
    % needed to meet hurdle requirement
    Is additional assessment available if hurdle is not met?
    Assessment type if additional assessment is available.
    Practical Exam 50% Yes Additional exam or alternate activity
    Final Exam 50% Yes Additional exam
    Practical work is compulsory Engagement in all practical and tutorial sessions Yes, provided there is an approved absence. Remedial practicals will be offered where reaosnably possible. In some cases, practical classes may be impractical to reproduce for small student groups. Missed practicals or alternate activities can be provided where practical for approved absences.
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz 1 (10%)
    Students will complete an online quiz, which will form an early semester formative and summative assessment. The quiz will consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, true/false, mix/match and short answers. The quiz will be administered online during scheduled face-to-face teaching. The quiz will be up to 40 minutes in duration, and will contain up to 40 questions.

    Quiz 2 (15%)
    Students will complete an online quiz, which will form a mid-to-late semester formative and summative assessment. The quiz will  consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, true/false, mix/match and short answers. The quiz will be administered online during scheduled face-to-face teaching. The quiz will be up to 40 minutes in duration, and will contain up to 40 questions.

    Assignment (15%)
    Students will engage in a discovery session during tutorials, working in small groups to research a selected case. Students will then individually create a medical nursing/treatment plan for their case and submit these individually. Students will be provided a marking rubric to inform the criteria.

    Practical Exam (25%)
    Students will be tested on their practical skills learned through the practical classes up until that time. Students will be asked to perform a selected range of procedures with animals or animal-related equipment in a time period per student of up to 30 minutes.

    Final Exam (35%)
    The final exam will be held during the exam period, and will cover information across the entire semester. It will align with the learning outcomes identified in the Assessment Summary. The exam will be 2 hours in duration, and will consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, true/false, mix/match and short answers.
    Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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