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Small Animal Practice (VET614)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: TS23E-internal
Description This unit will use and build on the skills and knowledge acquired in previous units, which represent the structure and function of the normal animal, and pathology, the study of disease states. This unit is a foundation for practical work that will be performed in final year and for clinical companion animal practice following graduation. Knowledge and skills developed in this course will provide an essential basis for a career involving clinical skills with dogs and cats.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of the unit the student will be able to:
1. Perform a systematic clinical examination on dogs and cats, including a dental and neurological examination.
2. Develop a problem list using information from history and clinical examination.
3. Justify selection of diagnostic tests used to investigate disease of dogs and cats.
4. Interpret results from diagnostic tests used to investigate disease of dogs and cats.
5. Design a therapeutic intervention for common conditions of dogs and cats.
6. Construct a plan for emergency assessment and stabilisation for important diseases of dogs and cats.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 4 x 1 hour per week; Workshops: 1 x 3 hours per 4 weeks, 1 x 2 hours (once-off) to outline assignment.
Unit Learning Experiences The majority of the lectures have been organised around body systems and the common presenting problems for dogs and cats with diseases involving each respective system. The tutorials offer the chance to further develop skills in clinical examination of animals with disease of a variety of systems e.g. neurologic and dental disease. The tutorials also provide the opportunity to examine and work through a number of actual clinical cases using a problem-based approach e.g. cardiologic and ophthalmologic disease.
The aim is that students will develop and enhance skills in the recognition and understanding of common clinical problems in dogs and cats, and be able to describe a logical diagnostic plan and basic management regimen for each.
Assessment Assessment is based on two end of trimester exams, a written assignment and post-practical quizzes. The exams are computer-based progressive disclosure exams, which allow students to work through cases with gradual revelation of the results of diagnostic tests as is modelled in lectures and workshops. The written assignment will guide students through the creation of a legal medical record for a hospitalised animal and will facilitate use of the skills obtained from lectures and workshops to provide an assessment and create a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for the veterinary patient. The post-practical quizzes will allow students to reflect on what they learned in the workshop and practice their problem-solving skills.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; Successful completion of all 2nd and 3rd year units.
Previously 2016: 'Companion 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 Mandy Burrows
Associate Professor Small Animal Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6824
e: M.Burrows@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.112 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS23E-Internal
Dr Mandy Burrows
Associate Professor Small Animal Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6824
e: M.Burrows@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.112 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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