Postgraduate Course: Anaesthesia in Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish (VESC11240)
|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 will provide students with knowledge of the physiological and anatomical differences of reptiles compared to mammals, particularly those which are of importance for anaesthetic management. Species covered in lecture material will include snakes and chelonian, as well as guided self-directed study of more unusual reptile species. An introduction to anaesthesia in amphibian and fish will also be covered.
The course will support students in developing knowledge of reptile species. The approach will cover aspects of physiology, anatomy which have implications on anaesthesia management. Particular emphasise will be placed on encouraging application of knowledge to clinical anaesthesia in reptile species, with the aim of improving anaesthetic management of these species for those in practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% course work
60% Case Report (up to 2000 words)
40% Critical Paper Review (up to 1000 words)
||Formative feedback on case discussions via discussion boards and mid-course MCQs.
Summative feedback on assessments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To be able to discuss the anatomical and physiological differences of reptiles/amphibians/fish and their relevance for anaesthesia.
- Demonstrate knowledge of anaesthesia and analgesia in these species and make informed judgements in proposing appropriate management in commonly encountered situations.
- Critically review the published evidence concerning anaesthesia in these species.
|The course reading list will provided in the course outline on LEARN. In addition weekly journal articles relevant to the weeks learning material will in included.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Knowledge of reptile/amphibian/fish physiology and anatomy
- Recognise general differences in physiology and anatomy compared to mammals
- Be aware of species specific physiology and anatomy
2. Methods of handling/restraint/capture
- Be aware of appropriate methods for handling
- Be aware of appropriate methods of physical restraint and capture, with particular relevance to common clinical situations
3. Knowledge of potential hazards, legal and/or ethical considerations
- Awareness of zoonotic diseases
- Awareness of potential of physical injury of both staff and patient
- Knowledge of legal requirements for animals classed as ¿dangerous wild animals¿
4.Recognising and treating pain
5.Knowledge of appropriate anaesthetic management
- Techniques for sedation & anaesthesia
- Description of anaesthetic & monitoring equipment where appropriate
- Appreciation of how to apply existing anaesthesia knowledge
- Awareness of how existing equipment can be adapted
6.Critical review of a selection of existing literature
|Course organiser||Mr Kevin Eatwell
Tel: (0131 6)50 6074
|Course secretary||Mr Stephen Mitchell