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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Reproduction, Pregnancy and Parturition (C-S.2) (VESC11045)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of this course/module is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to production animal practice, and to help students develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field. The student is expected to build on the foundation skills developed when undertaking the A and B modules, and to demonstrate progression towards advanced practitioner skills. The student will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Sheep). Students wishing to achieve this certificate will need to complete the following modules: A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-PAP.2, three C modules (from designated sheep modules) plus one other B or C module. Upon completion of all the necessary modules, a further synoptic assessment will also be required.

This course focuses on sheep reproduction, pregnancy and parturition. This includes the management of the pregnant ewe, flock breeding management, the male reproductive system, parturition, management of lambs and common diseases.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the husbandry and management of sheep in the UK and to evaluate the relative merits of the systems used, on the basis of the health, welfare and productivity of the animals, and the safety and quality of the food produced, and describe the principal causes of reproductive failure in sheep
  2. Formulate simple diets, assess and provide advice on the adequacy of diets and feeding of sheep in relation to their nutritional requirements
  3. Assess and provide advice on the adequacy of the housing and environment of sheep in relation to their health, welfare and productivity
  4. Assess and provide advice on the welfare of sheep ┐on-farms┐, during transport and at slaughter
  5. Explain the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and control of the principal diseases of lambs in the UK
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Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:
┐ be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
┐ be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
┐ be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
┐ be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
┐ search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
┐ have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
┐ understand economic, legal, ethical, social, cultural and environmental issues in the use of information
┐ recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style

B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:
┐ be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
┐ be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
┐ be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
┐ be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
┐ be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
┐ be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

C. Communication
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. This may be understood in terms of the following:
┐ make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
┐ use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
┐ further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
┐ seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
┐ recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
┐ use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection

D. Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:
┐ appreciate and use talents constructively, demonstrating self-discipline, motivation, adaptability, persistence and professionalism
┐ be able to create and harness opportunities
┐ be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
┐ be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
┐ have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
┐ be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
┐ understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
┐ be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
┐ work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Course secretaryMs Irene Harris
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