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Undergraduate Course: Integrated Clinical Course: Cat and Dog (BVMS09015)

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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course will consider diseases of the dog and cat only and will take the form of a series of lectures covering the disorders of each body system, providing students with information on the aetiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of each disorder. Core material is delivered in lectures, and expanded on with a mixture of tutorials and practical classes. Case presentations are used to place the material in a clinical context. Along with the other courses in Veterinary Clinical Sciences it constitutes the foundation for the clinical rotations, tutorials and assignments of the lecture free final year.
Course description Subject areas that are covered include the musculoskeletal system, gastroenterology, urology, dentistry, ophthalmology, haematology, dermatology, endocrinology, reproduction, toxicology, infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory and neurology. Clinical pharmacology, oncology and surgery are integrated into these subject areas and clinical animal behaviour is also covered. The lecture material is supplemented by practical classes in urinalysis, dentistry and ophthalmology, small group tutorials in orthopaedic radiology and preventative health care and interactive case presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 146, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32.5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15.5, External Visit Hours 3, Online Activities 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Revision Session Hours 9.5, Other Study Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours = 3
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In Course Assessment:
MCQ Paper (20%)

End of Semester Assessments:
MCQ Questions (40%)
Short Answer Questions (40%)
Feedback A feedback session will be held to provide feedback on the in-course assessment. Written feedback will be available on-line for the short answer component of the end of semester assessment to highlight common areas of weaknesses in answering these questions. Individual written feedback will be provided for those candidates that fail a short answer question.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Dog & Cat Exam3:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryD&C MCQ ICA1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)D&C resit3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the disorders which can affect each body system in the dog and cat.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnostic procedures used in small animal practice.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the methods of treatment used for disorders of the major body systems.
  4. Demonstrate skills in problem solving and investigative procedures used in dogs and cats.
  5. Have an understanding of the outcomes and prognosis of common surgical, medical and oncological conditions.
Reading List
Recommended core texts for reference would comprise:

Small Animal Internal Medicine. Nelson and Couto (Editors) 5th edition. Elsevier, 2013. ISBN 978-0-323-08682-0
Small Animal Surgery. Fossum. 4th edition. Elsevier, 2012. ISBN 978-0-323-10079-3
Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Yool. CABI, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84593-821-5
Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology. Argyle, Brearley & Turek (Editors). Blackwell Wiley, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8138-2275-4
In addition, the following texts can be used to supplement knowledge.

BSAVA Manuals (various subjects)
Veterinary Dental Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner. Holmstrom, Frost & Eisner (Editors). Saunders 2004. ISBN 978-0721693835
Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Feldman, Nelson, Reusch, Scott-Moncrieff & Behrend (Editors). 4th edition. Elsevier, 2015. ISBN 978-1455744565
Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics. Noakes, Parkinson & England (Editors). 9th edition. Saunders Elsevier, 2009. ISBN 978-0702028878
Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. August (Editor) Volumes 5 (2005) & 6 (2009). Elsevier Saunders. ISBN 978-0-7216-0423-7 and 978-1-4160-5641-6
Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiology. Tilley, Smith, Oyama & Sleeper (Editors). Elsevier Saunders, 2008. ISBN 9781416023982
Notes on Cardiorespiratory Diseases of the Dog and Cat. Martin and Corcoran. Wiley, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4051-2264-1
Additional Information
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Course organiserMiss Samantha Woods
Course secretaryMrs Kerry Leech
Tel: (0131 6)50 6595
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