Module code: VMS3003

Module Overview

This module presents the clinical conditions of the skin and gut across the species, the means of their diagnosis, and their therapy both with medical and surgical interventions. By presenting conditions across the species, the commonality of disease process and similarities of therapies are illustrated. The species specific therapies will also be highlighted.     

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

MCINTYRE Shona Louise (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: D210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all First and second year BVMSci units

Module content

2. Dermatology

1.1 Approaches to the dermatological case & diagnostic tools

1.2 Integumentary Developmental disease - congenital and hereditary disease, diagnosis and treatment and prognosis

1.3 Conditions of the hoof, nail, claw - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

1.4 Atopy - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

1.5 Infectious and parasitic skin diseases - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

1.6 Neoplasia of skin and adnexa

1.7 Actinic radiation and burns - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

1.8 Immune-mediated skin disease - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

2. Surgery and Therapeutics for dermatology

2.1 Therapeutic agents and skin disease : oral, systemic and topical medications

2.2 Clinical management of skin disease (husbandry and nutrition)

2.3 Trauma to skin - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

2.4 Principles of  wound healing

3. Gastroenterology and other conditions of the abdomen

3.1 Approach to the case showing alimentary tract signs & upper gastrointestinal tract, stomach (s), bowel or lower gastrointestinal signs

3.2 Investigating and Imaging the alimentary tract

3.3 Congenital conditions of the gut - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis (e.g. PRAA, atresia ani,)

3.4 Causes of quidding, vomiting vs regurgitation

3.5 Conditions of the palate, teeth and pharynx - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.6 Conditions of the salivary glands - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.7 Conditions of the oesophagus - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.8 Conditions of the stomach / rumen - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.9 Conditions of the small bowel - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.10 Conditions of the large bowel / caecum - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.11 Conditions of the colon and anus - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.12 Conditions of the liver - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.13 Conditions of the exocrine pancreas - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

3.14 Clinical management of GI diseases (husbandry and nutrition)

4. Surgery and Therapeutics for GI conditions

4.1 Drugs for the gastrointestinal system: motility modifiers, antacids, gut protectants, antiemetics, antidiarrheal actions, charcoal, magnets (cattle), mineral medications/ supplements, narcotics, codeine, gut pain modifiers

4.2 Bowel obstruction & colic, GDV, intestinal foreign body - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis

4.3 Oral neoplasia and neoplasia of the gut, liver and pancreas - Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis


Skin examination : Diagnostic testing associated with dermatological examination

Diagnostic and interventional techniques related to the gastrointestinal tract

Ultrasound, radiographs and other imaging techniques of the GI system

Diagnostic and interventional techniques of the gastrointestinal tract

Dentistry practical- small animal & equine


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test SUPERVISED ONLINE OR IN CLASS TESTS 20
Pass/Fail competencies CLINICAL SKILLS PORTFOLIO (OSCE) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Practical skills in performing a clinical examination of these systems in relevant veterinary species

Content knowledge of conditions, their therapeutic options and prognosis

Knowledge of the drugs relevant to these systems

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Formative assessments: Instructor and peer assessments 0%

Supervised on line or in class tests –  20%

Written examination –  80%

Clinical Skills Portfolio (OSCE) – PASS/FAIL

To pass the module, students are required to achieve a weighted aggregate mark of 50% and pass 80% of stations within the clinical skills portfolio

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessments: Instructor and peer assessments 0%


Module aims

  • Give the students the skills to diagnose, treat and give a prognosis for diseases of the integumentary and alimentary systems in livestock, companion animals and the other veterinary species.
  • Introduce the therapeutic drugs used for conditions affecting the skin and gastrointestinal systems
  • ¬†Introduce the basic surgeries for common conditions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Apply core structure, function and pathophysiological knowledge to common clinical scenarios of the integument and alimentary system RCVS 18, 22, 24 KU 5 KT
2 Establish a holistic clinical approach to animals with integument and alimentary system disorders, including integration of detailed system-specific examinations RCVS 5, 16, 18, 20 KCPT
3 Assess the different clinical presentations associated with conditions of the integument and alimentary systems and formulate differential diagnoses. RCVS 21, 22 KU 5 KCT
4 Develop knowledge and technical skills appropriate to the investigation of integument and alimentary disorders and apply clinical reasoning to perform a diagnosis and assess diagnostic and prognostic indicators. RCVS 10, 12, 22, 24 KCPT
5 Recommend appropriate medical and surgical interventions in the management and treatment of conditions affecting the integument and alimentary system, and determine control measures appropriate for disease prevention RCVS 19, 20, 34, 37 KU 8, 9 KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 94

Lecture Hours: 40

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide deep understanding of the clinical conditions of the skin and gastrointestinal system in the various veterinary species &ndash their diagnosis, treatment and Prognosis.

Highlight the similarities of the disease processes across the species and allow the concept of One Health, One Medicine to be considered for some conditions.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, flipped classroom, small group sessions, practical classes using image libaries, recordings of various gut sounds, videos of surgcial conditions.

  • 4 lectures per week (40 hours), 2 hours practicals average per week (16 hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.