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Postgraduate Course: Veterinary techniques and interventions for Conservation Medicine (VESC11022)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will cover the essential veterinary skills and knowledge for dealing with both captive and free-ranging wildlife, including species-specific capture, restraint, anaesthesia and translocation techniques, diagnosis and treatment of disease, clinical pathology, and post-mortem techniques
Course description Principles of animal behaviour
Safely perform sedation, general anaesthesia and regional analgesia: assess and control pain
Collect, preserve and transport samples; perform standard practice laboratory techniques; interpret laboratory results and results of other ancillary diagnostic aids and integrate with clinical information
Provide emergency care to all animals
Statutory requirements for animal transport
Demonstrate an understanding of veterinary public health issues and the procedures to follow with notifiable and zoonotic diseases
Perform a basic gross post-mortem examination, record findings, sample tissues and safely store and transport them
Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of services to clients and employers
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMust have vet degree
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment, which will comprise two assessments each worth 50 % of the final course mark
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Select appropriate restraint techniques and drugs in order to safely immobilise and move wild animals of the major species groups
  2. Select and devise appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic regimes for wild animals of the major species groups
  3. Interpret the results of diagnostic tests appropriately and recognise the limitations of tests
  4. Discuss how veterinary techniques inter-relate with and inform other disciplines involved Conservation Medicine
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements It is hoped there would be the opportunity for a stand-alone residential component (optional) teaching practical techniques, e.g. darting and immobilisation, post-mortem examination
KeywordsVeterinary techniques,clinical,pathology
Course organiserMs Anna Meredith
Tel: (0131 6)50 6247
Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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