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Undergraduate Course: Integrated Clinical Course: Cat and Dog (BVMS09015)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course will consider diseases of the dog and cat only and will take the form of a series of lectures covering the disorders of each body system, providing students with information on the aetiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of each disorder. Core material is delivered in lectures, and expanded on with a mixture of tutorials and practical classes. Case presentations are used to place the material in a clinical context. Along with the other courses in Veterinary Clinical Sciences it constitutes the foundation for the clinical rotations, tutorials and assignments of the lecture free final year.
Course description Subject areas that are covered include the musculoskeletal system, gastroenterology, urology, dentistry, ophthalmology, haematology, dermatology, endocrinology, reproduction, toxicology, infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory and neurology. Clinical pharmacology, oncology and surgery are integrated into these subject areas and clinical animal behaviour is also covered. The lecture material is supplemented by practical classes in urinalysis, dentistry and ophthalmology, small group tutorials in orthopaedic radiology and preventative health care and interactive case presentations.
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 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 146, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32.5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15.5, External Visit Hours 3, Online Activities 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Revision Session Hours 9.5, Other Study Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours = 3
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In Course Assessment:
Two MCQ Papers (Each worth 10%)

End of Semester Assessments:
MCQ Questions (40%)
Short Answer Questions (40%)
Feedback A feedback session will be held to provide feedback on the in-course assessment. Written feedback will be available on-line for the short answer component of the end of semester assessment to highlight common areas of weaknesses in answering these questions. Individual written feedback will be provided for those candidates that fail a short answer question.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Dog & Cat Exam3:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryD&C MCQ ICA 10:45
Resit Exam Diet (August)D&C resit3:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MarchD&C MCQ ICA 20:45
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the signalment, presenting clinical signs, physical examination findings and pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions affecting each body system in the dog and cat.
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis list and diagnostic plan for common presenting complaints in small animal practice, and be able to interpret results of common diagnostic procedures including bloodwork, urinalysis and radiography.
  3. Develop an appropriate treatment plan for common diseases and conditions seen in small animal practice.
  4. Be able to integrate individual patient, client and clinic factors into decision making to individualise diagnostic and treatment plans for small animal patients.
  5. Explain the outcomes and prognosis of common diseases or conditions in the dog and cat.
Reading List
Recommended core texts for reference would comprise:

Small Animal Internal Medicine. Nelson and Couto (Editors) 5th edition. Elsevier, 2013. ISBN 978-0-323-08682-0
Small Animal Surgery. Fossum. 4th edition. Elsevier, 2012. ISBN 978-0-323-10079-3
Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Yool. CABI, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84593-821-5
Decision Making in Small Animal Oncology. Argyle, Brearley & Turek (Editors). Blackwell Wiley, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8138-2275-4
In addition, the following texts can be used to supplement knowledge.

BSAVA Manuals (various subjects)
Veterinary Dental Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner. Holmstrom, Frost & Eisner (Editors). Saunders 2004. ISBN 978-0721693835
Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Feldman, Nelson, Reusch, Scott-Moncrieff & Behrend (Editors). 4th edition. Elsevier, 2015. ISBN 978-1455744565
Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics. Noakes, Parkinson & England (Editors). 9th edition. Saunders Elsevier, 2009. ISBN 978-0702028878
Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. August (Editor) Volumes 5 (2005) & 6 (2009). Elsevier Saunders. ISBN 978-0-7216-0423-7 and 978-1-4160-5641-6
Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiology. Tilley, Smith, Oyama & Sleeper (Editors). Elsevier Saunders, 2008. ISBN 9781416023982
Notes on Cardiorespiratory Diseases of the Dog and Cat. Martin and Corcoran. Wiley, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4051-2264-1
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMiss Rachel Blake
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Course secretaryMrs Belgin Davidson
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