Module code: VMS3007

Module Overview

This module presents the clinical conditions of the urinary and reproductive systems 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

HORAN Elaine (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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all first and second year BVMSci units

Module content

1. Urology

1.1 Clinical approach to investigation of the urological case

1.2 Presentations, pathophysiology and treatment of renal failure

1.3 Conditions of the kidney – diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

1.4 Conditions of the ureters, bladder and urethra – diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

1.5 Urinary Incontinence and neuromuscular dysfunction - diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

2. Fertility & Reproduction

2.1 Clinical approach to the reproductive case/infertility in the individual animal

2.2 Conditions of the male & female reproductive system – diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

2.3 Common/notifiable venereal diseases

2.4 Approach to reproductive management at a herd and flock level

2.5 Breeding soundness examinations

2.6 Control and manipulation of reproductive cycle

2.7 Reproductive technologies – Artificial Insemination, embryo transfer, in vitro technology

3. Pregnancy and clinical care of the newborn

3.1 Pregnancy diagnosis and management of the pregnant animal

3.2 Managing the high-risk periparturient animal

3.3 Monitoring and management of normal parturition and post-partum period

3.4 Approach to dystocia; assisted parturition and caesarian section

3.5 Management of the normal neonatal period

3.6 Neonatal disorders – diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

4. Surgery and Therapeutics

4.1 Pharmacology and therapeutic interventions in urological and reproductive disorders

4.2 Neoplasia of the urogenital system

4.3 Surgery of the urogenital system

Practicals –  hours

Cadaver/Wet Lab 1 - Diagnostic investigations of the urinary system

Cadaver/Wet Lab 2 - Basic surgical approaches to the urogenital system

Simulator sessions for trans-rectal palpation of the reproductive tract of large animals

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test SUPERVISED ONLINE OR IN SESSION 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

Understanding of the costs of therapies for the various conditions

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

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

  • This module aims to deliver the core knowledge and skills required for the clinical evaluation, diagnostic investigation, management and therapy of conditions affecting theĀ  urinary and reproductive systems across all veterinary species

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Apply core structure, function and pathophysiological knowledge to common clinical scenarios of the urological and reproductive systems RCVS 18,22,24 KU 5, KT
2 Establish a holistic clinical approach to animals with urological and reproductive 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 urological and reproductive systems and formulate differential diagnoses. RCVS 21, 22 KU 5 KCT
4 Develop knoweldge and skills appropriate to the investigation of urological and reproductive disorders and apply evidence-based clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis and assess prognostic indicators. RCVS 10, 12, 22, 24 KCPT
5 Recommend appropriate medical and surgical interventions in the management and treatment of conditions affecting the urological and reproductive systems, and determine control measures appropriate for disease prevention RCVS 19, 20, 34, 37 KU 8, KU 9 KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 87

Lecture Hours: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide thorough understanding of the clinical conditions of the urinary and reproductive systems in the various veterinary species – 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.

Provide a thorough understanding of the routine management of reproduction in all the veterinary species.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, flipped classroom, small group sessions, practical classes using image libaries, case studies, virtual learning material and cadaveric surgical studies.

  • An averagre of 3 x 1 hour lectures and 2 hours practicals per week

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.