VETERINARY MEDICINE 3 - 2020/1

Module code: VMS4008

Module Overview

This module will comprise of four clinical practice units, companion animal, intensive production/laboratory animal, equine and production practice.
The content combines the previous knowledge of body systems, with husbandry and management of the animal into the context of holistic veterinary clinical medicine at the various stages of the life cycle.
The emphasis will be on maintaining animal health, welfare, productivity and performance through a proactive approach, working in partnership with animal managers/owners.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

KODILINYE-SIMS Henrietta (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all Year 3 modules of the BVMSci programme

Module content

The knowledge, skills and attributes to support companion, production, equine and intensive production and laboratory practice will be covered within the teaching and assessment of this module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Companion Animal Practice Written Examination (90 minutes) 25
Examination Intensive Production and Laboratory Animal Practice Written Examination (90 minutes) 25
Examination Equine Practice Written Examination (90 minutes) 25
Examination Production Animal Practice Written Examination (90 minutes) 25
Coursework Clinical Practice Portfolio Pass/Fail
Pass/Fail competencies Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) Pass/Fail
Pass/Fail competencies Peer-Led Portfolio Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: • Clinical and professional skills • Problem solving skills, ability to assimilate and interpret diagnostic findings • Clinical reasoning and case-management skills at an individual/population level. • Knowledge of animal health management protocols. • Client ‘education focussed’ communication skills • Understanding of the relationships between life-stage, disease risk and preventative strategies, health and welfare. • Demonstrate day one clinical skills, in the context of simulation training and making use of live animal resources if appropriate, within a must-pass clinical skills portfolio. Thus, summative assessment for this module consists of: Companion Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% (90 minutes) Intensive Production and Laboratory Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% (90 minutes) Equine Practice Written Examination - 25% (90 minutes) Production Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% (90 minutes) Clinical Practice Portfolio PASS/FAIL Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) PASS/FAIL. Peer-led portfolio is PASS/Fail. Details of clinical practice portfolio: EMS case presentations (20%) Companion animal practice (20%) Intensive production practice (20%) Equine practice (20%) Production practice (20%) All units of assessments are core. The pass mark for each of the 4 written examinations is 50% of the weighted module mark. To obtain a pass in the OSCE unit of assessment 80% of the stations need to be passed. To obtain a pass in the Clinical Practice Portfolio an aggregate of 50% for the portfolio assets is required. To obtain a pass in the Peer-Led Portfolio all elements must be completed.All units of assessment are core.

Module aims

  • • Apply existing knowledge, clinical and professional skills to companion animal, production, intensive production and laboratory animal, and equine practice across the different stages of the animal’s life.
  • • Develop a rational, problem solving approach to the common presentations in companion animal, production, intensive production and equine practice at an individual and/or herd/flock/colony level.
  • • Emphasise the role of the veterinary surgeon in promoting animal health and welfare through a proactive, evidenced-based, and cost-effective approach to, including prevention and control, through partnership with managers/owners.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Demonstrate a rational, evidence-based, problem-solving approach to the common presentations in companion animal, production, intensive production and equine practice, taking into consideration the industry/situation the vet is working in, and the use of the animal. For example the horse’s use as an athlete within the various equestrian disciplines: understanding the role of the vet in optimising athletic function whilst maintaining good health. CKT RCVS 10, 12, 16, 18, 25 RCVS KU 1, 5
002 Discuss the role of shelter/herd/flock/colony medicine and take account of important considerations in the management of their health and welfare. CKPT RCVS 8 RCVS KU 4, 7, 9
003 Obtain accurate historical and factual information pertaining to a clinical scenario, demonstrating clear and professional communication skills. PT RCVS 5, 16 RCVCS KU 11
004 Interpret the findings of clinical examinations, weighing their significance, in order to prioritise problem lists, synthesize differential diagnoses, and establish appropriate diagnostic plans, considering both welfare and economics. CKPT RCVS 6, 12, 19, 22 RCVS KU 1, 5
005 Identify the common and important techniques for obtaining diagnostic samples, know when their use is appropriate and interpret findings. KP RCVS 22, 24 RCVS KU 1, 5
006 Identify and implement routine diagnostic imaging techniques and interpret findings. KP RCVS 24 RCVS KU 1, 5
007 Interpret findings of health data analyses from groups of animals, integrating these with observations and weighing their significance, in order to prioritise problem lists, synthesize differential diagnoses, and establish appropriate diagnostic plans, considering both welfare and economics. CKP RCVS 6, 12, 19, 22, 37 RCVS KU 1, 5
008 Describe and develop a management plan for the common and important disorders in relation to the stage of their life stage/production cycle/performance, including giving appropriate consideration to euthanasia. CK RCVS 19, 22, 25, 34 RCVS KU 5, 11
009 Demonstrate a rational approach to therapeutic decision making, with regard responsible medicines use and within the context of Public Health. CT RCVS 19, 27, 28, 29RCVS KU 8, 10
010 Devise and implement a strategic preventive health strategy appropriate for the management of individuals and groups of animals, including biosecurity. CKPT RCVS 6, 7, 11, 12, 30, 37 RCVS KU 9, 10, 12
011 Recognise signs of possible zoonotic and exotic diseases and take appropriate action. CK RCVS 25 RCVS KU 10
012 Discuss the importance of some animal units as a business (e.g. shelter, farm, stud), and take account of the role of economics in informing diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative decision-making. CK RCVS 8, 19, 37 RCVS KU 4
013 Describe and enact the role of the veterinarian as an educator and advocate for the health and welfare animals in their care. CKPT RCVS 2, 3, 5, 7 RCVS KU 9, 11
014 Develop and rehearse effective communication skills to help motivate, manage and sustain change towards improved animal health, welfare, production and performance. CPT RCVS 3, 5, 37 RCVS KU 9, 11
015 Demonstrate a range of Day 1 clinical skills in companion animal, production, intensive production and equine practice. Giving appropriate consideration to the health and safety aspects and recognising their own limitations by asking for help when required. CKPT RCVS 4, 13, 17, 18 RCVS KU 5
016 Apply the principles of EBVM and “lifelong learning”, and develop skills in reflective practice. CKT RCVS 9, 10, 14 RCVS KU 2

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 46

Independent Study Hours: 319

Lecture Hours: 132

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The knowledge, skills and attributes to support companion, production, equine and intensive production and laboratory practice will be covered through a range of teaching modalities which may include the following:
• Lectures (including flipped classroom)
• Practical teaching
• Case based learning
• Self-directed learning
• E-learning
• Simulation and role play
• Group learning
• Simulation training

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.

Reading list

Reading list for VETERINARY MEDICINE 3 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms4008

Other information

Details of the content and assessments can be found in the module handbook.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core A pass as determined by the relevant criteria is required to pass the module

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 2020/1 academic year.