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Undergraduate Course: Integrated Clinical Course: Exotics (BVMS10034)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course covers the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnostic protocols, treatment and prognosis of disease conditions involving laboratory and exotic animals. The husbandry, clinical anatomy and physiology of laboratory and exotic animals are also expanded from earlier courses.
Course description The course has the following aims and objectives:
1. To study the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnostic techniques, treatment and prognosis of the main diseases affecting rabbits, ferrets, small exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and wild animals.
2. To review the husbandry of reptiles, birds and mammals already taught in preclinical courses.
3. To instil an appreciation of ethical and welfare issues encountered during the practice of veterinary medicine.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on a BVMS Veterinary Medicine degree programme in order to take this course.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 35, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 0.5, Summative Assessment Hours 2.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 54 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 90 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examined in Semester 2,Written Examination forms 90% of overall grade and is comprised of:
MCQ 50%
SAQ 50%.

Final 10% of grade from In-course Assessment comprised of MCQs.

Students must also pass the OSPRE practical examination to pass the course. Failure to do so will result in a Forced Fail regardless of the student's mark in the written component.
Feedback There are two timetabled feedback sessions:

1. Following the In-Course Assessment in mid-late February
2. Following the Main Exam in late April

Students will also be given the opportunity to view feedback from their OSPRE exam in March, April, and May within the VTO corridor.

Informal feedback is also available from staff at all course events and via e-mail.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets JanuaryICC Exotics In-Course Assessment0:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MarchICC Exotics2:00
Resit Exam Diet (April/May Sem 1 resits only)ICC Exotics Resit Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the clinical signs of common diseases affecting exotic species
  2. List likely differential diagnoses for common presenting syndromes
  3. Show an understanding of the diagnostic tests commonly used in exotic species, including their advantages, disadvantages and cost
  4. Apply knowledge of diseases and interpretation of diagnostic tests to the choice of appropriate treatments and formulation of a prognosis
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Additional Information
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Course organiserMiss Jenna Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Course secretaryMiss Ali Humphreys
Tel: (0131 6)50 6294
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