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Undergraduate Course: Professional & Clinical Skills 4 (BVMS10040)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course is composed of 2 main parts
1. Professional & Clinical Skills 4 which runs over semester 1 and 2, up to the Easter break.
2. Final Year Preparation (FYP) which runs for 6 weeks after the Easter break. FYP is divided into 2 threads allowing retaking students time to study and retake any failed exams before the start of final year in June.
Course description Professional Skills 4 teaches business skills essential for practice including finance, leadership, management, client care, dealing with conflict in the work place, the RCVS code to professional conduct. We also focus on communication with clients in challenging situations and personal wellbeing in practice.
Clinical Skills focus on anaesthesia, pain management and clinical pathology
The FYP part of the professional and clinical skills course uses face to face and online teaching to help prepare you for starting to work on clinics and for work post-graduation. The teaching will be based on theory already taught earlier in the course, helping you to apply and integrate it to a clinical setting
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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 40, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 67, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Placement Study Abroad Hours 300, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are four elements to passing the Professional and Clinical Skills Course :-

1. Attendance - You are expected to attend ALL of the professional and clinical skills practical/tutorial classes listed on this course, but you MUST attend a minimum of 75% of these classes to pass this course. Please make sure that you sign the attendance sheet for every class to ensure that we have accurate records of your attendance. If for medical reasons you cannot attend you must inform the school office and your Personal Tutor in writing of your illness and produce a Medical Certificate.
2. Open book, online MCQs- based on Code to Prof Conduct
3. Integration of Professional Skills into Practice Essay (hand in deadline Feb)
4 .Portfolio Submission - A complete portfolio MUST be handed in before the given deadline


Feedback Instant feedback is given for the Drug Calc. Verbal feedback will be given during clinical skills classes. Written feedback will be given on the reflective essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of a veterinary surgeon in relation to patients, clients, society and the environment
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the organisation, management and legislation related to a veterinary business
  3. Recognise personal and professional limits and know how to seek professional advice, assistance and support when necessary
  4. Further develop clinical skills relevant to physical examination, diagnostic approaches and therapeutic strategies in common veterinary species
  5. Develop a problem based approach to clinical cases
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Course organiserMiss Carolyn Morton
Tel: (0131 6)51 7394
Course secretaryMiss Ali Humphreys
Tel: (0131 6)50 6294
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