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Equine General Practice (VET608)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: TS13E-internal
Description This unit builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in previous units. The unit provides the veterinary student with the knowledge required to be successful in clinical practice. This unit also provides the foundations for entering the clinical rotations in the final year of the course. This is a comprehensive course with an emphasis on the common problems in equine veterinary practice. 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 students 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, 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 their findings and assessment to peers and mentors.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 60 x 1 hour per student;
Workshops: 7 x 3 hours per student;
Tutorials: 2 x 3 hours per student.
Unit Learning Experiences The central learning activities in this course are lectures. These provide directed knowledge transfer with guidance on the important sections of the unit reader. Practical sessions are critical for students to develop minimal proficiency and safety in core practical skills.

The unit also includes some small group tutorial sessions and is supported though use of the LMS.
Assessment Assessment details
1. Assignment (10%)
2. Theory examinations (35%) (must pass)
3. End of Trimester 2 theory exam (35%) (must pass)
4. Skills assessment (20%) (must pass).
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; Successful completion of all 2nd and 3rd year units.
Previously 2016: 'Large Animal Practice'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr David Byrne
Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7676
e: D.Byrne@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.181 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS13E-Internal
Dr David Byrne
Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7676
e: D.Byrne@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.181 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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