VETERINARY MEDICINE 3 - 2021/2
Module code: VMS4008
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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.
School of Veterinary Medicine
KODILINYE-SIMS Henrietta (Vet Med)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Successful completion of all Year 3 modules of the BVMSci programme
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 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|
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.
The seven units of assessment that must be passed are the four individual Written Examinations, the OSCE, the Peer-led portfolio and the Clinical Practice portfolio.
Written examinations for this module consists of:
Companion Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% of the module mark (90 minutes) Core
Intensive Production and Laboratory Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% of the module mark (90 minutes) Core
Equine Practice Written Examination - 25% of the module mark (90 minutes) Core
Production Animal Practice Written Examination - 25% of the module mark (90 minutes) Core
The pass mark for each of the 4 written examinations is 50%.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) PASS/FAIL Core
To obtain a pass in the OSCE unit of assessment, 80% of the stations need to be passed.
Clinical Practice Portfolio PASS/FAIL Core
EMS case presentation (20%)
Companion animal practice (20%) Steeplechase In-class test
Intensive production practice (20%) Group Herd Health Report
Equine practice (20%) In-class test
Production practice (20%) Group Herd Health Management Audit
General clinical examination peer review of three core species (completion task)
Clinical Skills Log (completion task)
To obtain a pass in the Clinical Practice Portfolio an aggregate of 50% of the weighted portfolio assets and completion of all the other assets is required.
- • 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.
|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|
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
Practical/Performance Hours: 103
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
• 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.
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Details of the content and assessments can be found in the module handbook.
Programmes this module appears in
|Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons)(CORE)||Year-long||Core||Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module|
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