Module code: VMSM003

Module Overview

This module reviews first opinion equine practice with specific reference to clinical problems, differential diagnoses, further investigations (lab tests, diagnostic imaging etc), logical interpretation of results and the formulation of appropriate treatment regimens (including medical, surgical, husbandry plans and nutrition).

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

LENAGHAN Holly (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

Independent Learning Hours: 105

Seminar Hours: 5

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 30

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module will cover:

  • The UK equine industry, the knowledge, skills and attributes to support equine practice. Topics covered include equine husbandry, health management, diagnostics, therapeutics, anaesthesia, surgery, reproduction and disease control.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online Equine SBA Examination (90 mins) 50
Examination Online Equine SAQ Examination (90 mins) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • 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.

  • Understanding of the relationships between life-stage, disease risk and preventative strategies, health and welfare.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Equine Single Best Answer Examination.

  • Equine Short Answer Question Examination.

Formative assessment

MCQ exercises and Case based learning will be employed as formative assessments.


Examples of feedback may include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussion of responses to questions during engagement sessions.

  • Discussion forums via SurreyLearn and other platforms.

  • Formative assessments written feedback.

  • Group feedback on self-directed case-based learning.

This assessment pattern has been chosen as it follows that of the RCVS statutory membership examination.

Module aims

  • Apply existing knowledge, clinical and professional skills to equine practice across the different stages of the animal's life.
  • Develop a rational, problem-solving approach to the common disease presentations in equine practice at an individual and/or colony level.
  • Develop the ability to interpret diagnostic results and formulate an appropriate treatment and/or management plan for medical and surgical cases.
  • Develop the skills to work as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand how to restrain and perform a comprehensive clinical examination including history taking and physical examination and identify the key clinical problems and the systems involved in equines. KCPT
002 Demonstrate a rational, evidence-based, problem-solving approach to the common presentations in equine practice. KCT
003 Be able to list appropriate differential diagnoses and recommend appropriate further investigations. KCT
004 Be able to take appropriate samples and request appropriate tests. KCPT
005 Be able to interpret laboratory reports, clinical data and performance data for the individual and group. KCT
006 Be able to formulate appropriate treatment, patient care, control and prevention plans for the individual and group including euthanasia. KCT
007 Understand how to safely and appropriately sedate, anaesthetise and recover an animal. KCP
008 Understand how to prepare for and perform simple surgical procedures. KCPT
009 Understand how to critically review and evaluate evidence, in support of practicing evidence based veterinary medicine. KCPT
010 Understand the importance of sustainability in Equine Practice. CT

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:

  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to support first opinion equine practice.

Teaching will be delivered online and will include pre-recorded lectures which include elements of flipped classroom, self-directed e-learning, case-based sessions, and live engagement sessions which will be recorded.

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

Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: VMSM003

Other information

The Surrey Framework consists of the attributes: employability, global and cultural capabilities, digital capabilities, sustainability and resourcefulness and resilience. This module includes the following key topics which further develop one or more of the attributes as indicated.

Employability: Demonstrate their technical skills in the safe performance of clinical skills and medical procedures, and critically reflect on their practice to secure employment in the veterinary industry.

Digital capabilities: Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between professional and high-quality scientific information from other digital content.

Sustainability: Demonstrate understanding of pharmacovigilance with an emphasis on responsible prescribing to maintain a One Health approach. Students will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes needed to work, live and lead in a way that meets the current needs of the profession without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Students are aware of the requirements for the safe handling, storage and disposal of veterinary medicines and clinical waste and the need for pharmacovigilance and reflect on how this can impact sustainability.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: Within this module, decision-making tasks and assignments provide opportunities to collaborate, communicate and build relationships with people from different backgrounds, reflecting on different experiences and adapting norms and belief systems.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: This module teaches and encourages reflective engagement, collaboration and active learning through online, supported self-learning, active learning workshops and reflective exercises. Activities and assessments challenge and stretch students and are geared towards promoting resourcefulness and resilience.

Through opportunities to self-evaluate and reflect on their own performance, students are able to build self-efficacy and confidence by learning from experience.

Students are guided to optimize feedback opportunities, to reflect thoughtfully and in a structured manner on learning and experiences, and to respond flexibly to challenges throughout the module, thus enhancing their resilience and resourcefulness.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary General Practice PGCert 1 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 2025/6 academic year.