Postgraduate Course: Advancing the Care of Veterinary Patients (VESC11258)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course gives an overview of some important, yet rarely discussed, topics that influence how the veterinary profession can advance the health and welfare of patients. Clinical research is critically important to enable the profession to advance the health and welfare of veterinary patients, and this course discusses how this application of research can be practically achieved.
The aim of this course is to foster a deeper understanding of contemporary research approaches, facilitate the student to be more effective at assessing and assimilating research data and encourage engagement in future research programmes.
Through a series of recorded lectures, the linear narrative of this makes the argument that clinical research is critically important to enable the profession to advance the health and welfare of veterinary patients and proposes how this research approach can be practically achieved. The importance of clinical trials in both human and veterinary medicine is discussed before then reflecting on how we can better harness pre-existing knowledge to improve patient outcomes.
The lectures encourage the student to reflect on how biases can influence clinical decision making to the potential detriment of patients. The value of long-term cohort studies is reviewed with the aim of fostering more widespread use of this experimental approach in the veterinary profession.
Taking a ¿One Health¿ approach, examples are presented that show how a deeper understanding of disease biology has the power to underpin therapeutic advances that can revolutionise health care.
This five-week course is fully taught online through a mixture of recorded presentations, formative activities and asynchronous discussion. Live non-compulsory sessions may be scheduled depending on student group availability and time zones.
As a guide, students will spend approximately 7 hours each week working through online material, including essential reading with up to 3 hours of online discussion and activity. A further 10 hours may be spent on additional self-study and assignments. It is very difficult to assess time spent in intellectual undertakings and the timings are only intended for guidance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 13,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course will be assessed by the following methods.
Critique of a veterinary clinical trial
Weekly discussion topics and activities
||All assignments will be marked and feedback provided within a period of 15 working days following submission (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).
Opportunities for informal feedback arise within the course discussion boards and live sessions as well as through email discussions. Formal feedback and feedforward will be provided only on coursework assignments and on formative activities.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of how clinical research can translate to improved patient care
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of how clinical trials can improve patient outcomes and be critically aware of challenges to their delivery and interpretation
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of how other contemporary research approaches such as cohort studies and management of biases can improve patient care
|The course reading list will be provided via the University¿s Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course. A maximum of three essential reading items will be given each week with further reading as required. Additional resources will be provided, making full use of university electronic library, Learn, Media Hopper and other online resources. Other support material will be available through external open-access websites.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Provide details of the Graduate Attributes and Skills provided by the course
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
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 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
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 manage risk while initiating and managing change
¿ 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
|Keywords||Veterinary,clinical,advanced care,veterinary research
|Course organiser||Mr Richard Mellanby
|Course secretary||Ms Linda Pollock
Tel: (0131) 650 6149