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Postgraduate Course: Equine dental surgery (C-E.14) (VESC11066)

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 module is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to equine dentistry, 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. Students working towards the designated Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Dentistry) will need to complete the following modules: A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-EP.3 (Equine Practice), the three Equine Dentistry C modules (C-E.12, C-E.13, C-E.14) 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 equine dental surgery, from basic surgical skills to dental extractions, fractured jaws, oral/facial trauma. Students will be expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of endodontic therapy. Understanding of neoplasias and the significance of unilateral nasal discharge will be expected. Students should also be aware of the impact of dental disease and pathology on the treatment for a head shaker and the thin, wasting horse. Students should also be able to carry out a clinical audit of dental treatments and practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 06/08/2018
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) The assessment is in two parts ┐ a case presentation submitted online (50%) , and a practical examination held at Edinburgh (50%).

A short case presentation of 8 interesting dental cases not more than 4 to involve extractions. Each case should not be
more than 500 words, with no more than 4 references to be given. One selected case (of the eight) should be of 1500
words; this report should carry a more in-depth discussion and may contain any number of references. The cases should
demonstrate how the candidate has developed their clinical skills during the whole course of study.

A 10 question short-answer written examination.

Where assessment involves both a written submission and an examination component at Edinburgh, this must be taken in the same examination diet. It is not possible to take one aspect of an assessment in one year, and the remaining in a following year.
Feedback Students will have the option to submit drafts of one case for formative written feedback to aid in preparation for submission.

Full written feedback will be provided with results, and students are encouraged to contact the programme team to discuss if they have any queries.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the equine oral cavity and associated structures and feel competent to treat the commoner dental abnormalities found in the horse
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with more advanced dental techniques such as oral dental extraction and repulsion and the management of the commoner jaw fractures
  3. Apply dental skills in a holistic manner to aid in the investigation of complex clinical syndromes such as the thin wasting horse, the unilateral nasal discharge or a ┐head shaker┐
  4. Display a well balanced approach to equine dentistry
  5. Identify cases requiring referral to a specialist institution or practitioner
Reading List
Additional Information
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
Keywordsequine dental surgery,rcvs,certavp,equine dentistry,dental surgery
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMs Linda Pollock
Tel: (0131) 650 6149
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