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Dermatology (VET628)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit aims to assist clinicians develop diagnostic skills in veterinary dermatology using a practical, problem-oriented approach and provides updates on therapeutic developments for common skin problems. The unit presents different perspectives on the diagnosis of conditions such as chronic pruritus, refractory eosinophilic granuloma and recurrent bacterial pyoderma, and offers a review of management options of common skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, dermatophytosis, and eosinophilic granuloma complex. Case-based learning using images, cytology and histopathology supplements comprehensive notes.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is case based. Thes unit is delivered online through our Learning Management System (LMS). Comprehensive notes will serve as the backbone of the unit, supplemented by images, cytology and histopathology. Recommendations for textbooks, reviews and journal articles will be provided but the student is also encouraged to further their investigation into areas of dermatology relevant to their own clinical practice.
An introductory teleconference will act as an avenue of interaction with other students undertaking this Unit. Students are also invited to contribute to an online Discussion Board.
Assessment In this unit three methods of assessment are used:
* Written assignment(s) (case report and/or discussion) with feedback from teachers: 2 assignments, 2000 words each, worth 25% each
* On-line multiple choice/short answer quiz and/or clinical practical skills assessment (CPSE) using case scenarios: this is for students to assess their own progress and is not part of the formal assessment
* End of semester (invigilated) examination: 2000 words, worth 50%.

In addition to feedback on assignments the unit coordinator and other veterinary clinical teachers provide advice and feedback to students via on-line discussion boards and case studies.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (M1022), the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice (C1074), the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (M1223), the Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (D1061) or permission of the Academic Chair.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources. Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate courses.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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 in Small Animal Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6824
e: A.Burrows@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.115 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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