ONE HEALTH - 2023/4

Module code: VMS4009

Module Overview

This module consists of multiple broad concepts relevant to clinical practice providing students with a tool kit to understand and contribute to changes in the scientific world and society. Concepts included are; one health, antimicrobial resistance, zoonoses, notifiable diseases, emerging infectious diseases and sustainability. Other one health considerations in research such as epidemiology, translational medicine and lab animal medicine will be discussed. This module will discuss the role of international, collaborative surveillance of animal health, globalisation and the role of biosecurity in the prevention of infection and disease. This module will focus on a transdisciplinary approach to health, including exploring the role of government and non-governmental bodies in policy influence and implementation. There will be opportunities to engage with each other and lecturers about inclusivity, diversity and cultural competence and relate these considerations to the veterinary profession. This module also aims to exemplify the role that the veterinary surgeon has in the community and the role of human factors in ensuring animal, human and planetary health are considered in clinical decision making. This module aims to prepare students for clinical practice and equip them with knowledge base and tool kit to manage one health and sustainability challenges in diverse contexts.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

FINNEGAN Catherine (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 25

Seminar Hours: 6

Practical/Performance Hours: 18

Guided Learning: 101

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • One Health

    • Emerging Infectious Disease

    • Surveillance - national and international

    • Epidemiology for infectious disease

    • Zoonoses

    • Antimicrobial Resistance

    • Lab animal medicine and ethics

    • Stakeholder management

    • Neglected tropical diseases

  • Animal trade

    • Role of national and international organisations

    • Notifiable disease and reporting

  • Sustainability

    • UN Sustainable Development Goals

    • Environmental impact of veterinary work

    • Impact of intensive livestock production

    • Sustainable use of medication and anaesthetics

    • Climate change and emerging disease

  • Leadership and human factors

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

    • Cultural competency, faith and the profession

    • Equality Act

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) GROUP PROJECT SUBMISSION 20

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment for Written Group Report will be an Individual written piece of work.

Assessment Strategy

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

  • Their understanding of one health topics and the role of the veterinarian in one health

  • The analysis and interpretation of surveillance data

  • Their understanding of the global risks from the emergence of new threats to animal and human health

  • An appreciation of the framework and regulations that govern the safe international trade and movement of animals and animal products

  • Their knowledge of notifiable and zoonotic disease in veterinary species

  • An appreciation and understanding of transdisciplinary collaboration in contemporary health issues

  • Their ability to evaluate a veterinary practice for sustainability and inclusivity

  • Group working skills plus the ability to synthesis knowledge and make recommendations through a presentation

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group presentation (20%)

  • Written examination (80%) 2 hour

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will be provided through verbal feedback in practical sessions and following guided learning exercises with summative self-assessment exercises.

Module aims

  • Further develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to support professional practice in a One Health context while
    considering the role of the veterinarian in antimicrobial resistance, zoonoses, notifiable diseases, emerging infectious
    diseases, sustainability and lab animal medicine.
  • Understand the role and behaviours expected of the veterinarian and veterinary profession in equality, diversity, inclusion
    and sustainability.
  • Understand student's role in preparedness for clinical training and the role of human factors and leadership in clinical

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the role of the veterinary surgeon in One Health issues and appreciate the relationship between human, animal and environmental health. RCVS 2, 3, 19, 23, 26, 40, 41, 43, 44. Attributes developed : C K T P CKPT
002 Apply principles of sustainability and adaptability to professional practice and practice economics. RCVS 13, 14, 26 Attributes developed : C K T P CKPT
003 Appreciate the framework and regulations that govern the safe international trade and movement of animals and animal products and the role of international organizations developing these regulations RCVS 25, 38, 42, 45 Attributes developed : C K CK
004 Apply disease surveillance and biosecurity principles in veterinary practice. RCVS 25, 38, 40, 43, 44. Attributes developed : C K T P CKPT
005 Identify and appraise the importance of emerging infectious diseases, zoonoses, notifiable diseases, antimicrobial stewardship. RCVS 7, 23, 25, 38, 40, 44, 45. Attributes developed : C K CK
006 Demonstrate knowledge of attributes required for a veterinary professional, including human factors, allyship, leadership, inclusivity, cultural competence and role as an advocate for the health and welfare of animals under their care. RCVS 2, 9, 17, 18, 19, 26, 41, 44. Attributes developed : C T P CPT
007 Appreciate diversity within the veterinary profession, in the community and globally and be able to apply equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) legislation within all aspects of veterinary practice. RCVS 17, 18, 19, 44. Attributes developed : K P KP
008 Evaluate the role of the veterinary surgeon in laboratory animal medicine, including ethics and welfare considerations. RCVS 34, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43. Attributes developed : C K T P CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Promote independent learning and the assimilation of evidence to form judgements in the face of modern-day, complex issues. Develop team-working skills to perform an audit and present findings to peers. Create an awareness of and respect for the opinions of others, including those from a nonscientific background. Impress upon students the importance of working with other disciplines, including the medical profession. To encourage students to consider the One Health impact of their decisions in their professional lives and to become champions for sustainability and EDI in the profession.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, seminars, practicals & small group discussions

  • Teaching activities include simulations on a Notifiable disease outbreak, working through scenarios in large animal and small animal biosecurity units as well as a virtual visit in a laboratory

  • Practicals involving computer-based exercises, handling and evaluating data and surveillance evidence

  • There are a total of 37 hours of lectures, seminars and small group discussions, 18 hours of practicals and 101 hours of guided study

  • This module will involve collaboration with other departments at the University in order to stress importance of transdisciplinary collaboration

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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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2023/4 academic year.