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Undergraduate Course: Clinical Foundation Course (Yr 3) (BVMS09013)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will provide instruction in the practical and theoretical aspects of several topics that are considered core subjects with regard to diagnosis and treatment of veterinary species. The subject areas included are; Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Diagnostic Imaging, Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Introduction to Clinical Oncology and Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine. This course provides a foundation for the subsequent species based integrated clinical modules.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 66, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 17, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15.5, Online Activities 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 271 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 85 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In Course Assessment
MCQ Assessment (15%)

Examined at the end of semester 1
Written Examination
Multiple choice questions (35%)
Short answer questions (50%)
Practical Examination
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - Pass/Fail [candidates failing the OSCE will have two resit opportunities during the second semester. Two final opportunities to repeat this examination will be held in the presence of the external examiner]

Resit Examination in August
Written Examination
Multiple choice questions (50%)
Short answer questions (50%)
Feedback Feedback sessions will be held to provide feedback on the in-course assessment then again for the End of Semester 1 Examinations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)CFC (SAQ)1:30
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)CFC (MCQ)1:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets OctoberYear 3 - Semester 1 ic-course assessment (CFC and Vet Pathology combined)1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)MCQ Paper1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)SAQ Paper1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of this course, the student should be able to outline and apply the principles of pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, surgery, anaesthesia and critical care, clinical oncology and evidence based veterinary medicine.
  2. By the end of this course the student should be able to outline and apply safety principles and legal implications related to equipment, animal and personal.
Reading List
Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics:
For a list of recommended texts and other useful resources please go to:

Diagnostic Imaging:
Thrall D: Textbook of veterinary diagnostic radiology.
Sixth Edition, 2012; Saunders Elsevier: St. Louis, MS. ISBN 978-1-4557-0364-7 printed and ebook version available.
This is the most comprehensive modern diagnostic imaging textbook covering all major imaging modalities, body parts and commonly imaged species. We will base our lectures on selected chapters of this book.

Small Animal Surgery, Fourth Edition 2013. T.W. Fossum (ed) Mosby

Anaesthesia and Critical Care:
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Paperback) by Chris Seymour (Author), Chris Seymour; Tanya Duke (Editor). British Small Animal Veterinary Association; 2nd edition (23rd May 2007) ISBN-10: 0905214986; ISBN-13: 978-0905214986

Veterinary Anaesthesia by Leslie W. Hall, Kathy W. Clarke, and Cynthia M. Trim (2000) 10th Edition London: Balliere Tindall; ISBN-10: 0702020354; ISBN-13: 978-0702020353

Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia: An Introduction for Research Workers and Technicians (Hardcover) by Paul A. Flecknell. London: Academic Press; 2nd edition (4th April 1996) ISBN-10: 0122603613; ISBN-13: 978-0122603617

Manual of Equine Anesthesia and Analgesia (Paperback) by Tom Doherty (Editor), Alexander Valverde (Editor) Blackwell Publishing; 1st edition (June 2006). ISBN 10: 1405129670; ISBN 13: 978-1405129671

Clinical Oncology:
Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology by Argyle, D.J. (Blackwell-Wiley).

Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th edition, Withrow, Vail, Page (eds). 2013 (Elsevier, Inc)
Additional Information
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Course organiserMrs Ana De Castro Marques Loureiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7314
Course secretaryMrs Kerry Leech
Tel: (0131 6)50 6294
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