VM4101 - Animal Health and Disease: Part I

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Completion of all courses in Year 3 at a C grade (50%) or higher
(if this shouldn’t be the case, repetition needed)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2020/21
Semester B 2021/22 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Commencing with sections on Clinical Pathology and Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, the course progresses to population medicine, internal medicine, basic surgery, anaesthesiology, radiology, cardiology, ophthalmology and dermatology as detailed below, with each speciality including relevant aspects of applied pharmacology. The number of lecture hours varies according to the specialty area. The course is presented on a systems basis, focusing on clinical examination to detect the signs of alteration in function, pathophysiology of clinical signs, and therapeutics including strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of the most important veterinary diseases. To strengthen the level of knowledge and to transfer the previously learned into practice, different laboratories including anaesthesia, basic surgery, cardiology and imaging will be offered. The course focuses on small and large animal species and also covers the most relevant areas in small ruminants, pigs, exotics, wildlife and zoo animals.

Part I
Clinical Pathology
Introduction to Surgery
Respiratory Tract
Surgical Exercises and other labs
Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base
Diagnostic imaging
Population Medicine

This course provides a sound foundation for clinical rotations in later parts of the program. A variety of pedagogical techniques are used, including lectures, live animals, cadaver and mannequin laboratories, wet lab exercises, dry lab exercises and discussion, demonstrations, large group case discussions and auto-tutorials.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 33%
Examination: 67%
# Students must pass each examination and the continuous assessment as a whole to pass the course as a whole.

*Before undertaking surgery on live animals, students must successfully complete an OSCE to demonstrate that they understand the basic principles of aseptic surgery (RCVS) and to demonstrate that they have mastered core surgical skills including instrument handling, knot tying, and suture patterns. This is a competency assessment on a pass/fail basis and does not contribute to the marks for the course.
Detailed Course Information


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