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Equine Practice (VET454)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 4
Description The Equine Practice unit is designed to provide the veterinary student with the knowledge base required to be successful in clinical practice. This is a comprehensive course, which, while placing an emphasis on the common problems in equine practice, will also cover the interesting and not so common. The practical component will allow students to develop a basic proficiency in common diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Have attained a minimum knowledge base required to be successful in equine clinical practice.
2. Have demonstrated a minimum level of competence in a range of clinical techniques that are considered to be core to equine or mixed practice. Students must be able to perform a complete clinical examination of horses, including dental, ocular, neurological, and lameness exams. Other clinical techniques that must be demonstrated include passage of a nasogastric tube, common injections, blood collection, and interpretation of radiographs.
3. Be capable of assimilating knowledge gained from signalment, history, and clinical examination to develop a problem list and all appropriate differential diagnoses.
4. Be capable of selecting and justifying appropriate diagnostic tests in order to rule in/out differential diagnoses.
5. Be able to communicate your findings and assessment to peers and mentors.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 5 x 1 hour per week; practicals: 24 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit includes formal lectures that are supplemented with learning activities involving live and cadaver horses. Students will work independently on a clinical assignment and as part of a small team attempting to solve a clinical problem through careful selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests.
Assessment Assessment will include a 3-hour closed book examination, a clinical assignment, and group case discussion. Feedback will be provided on both the assignment and group discussion.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Applied Veterinary Medicine. Completion of VET459 Surgical Secrets, VET456 Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, VET462 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor Guy Lester
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e: G.Lester@murdoch.edu.au
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