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Postgraduate Course: An introduction to Conservation Medicine (VESC11023)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to introduce the student to the core concepts and historical background underlying the emerging discipline of Conservation Medicine and the approach to the practice of ecological health. It will provide a broad overview of the key issues in this field that will be dealt with in further depth and detail in year 2 courses, using relevant examples to illustrate the major problems and challenges. In particular it will explore the inter-disciplinary nature of Conservation Medicine and the role of the veterinarian within this framework.
Course description A spirit of intellectual curiosity and academic enquiry
An understanding of research techniques and critical evaluation
An understanding of pathological processes
An understanding of different disease agents
A knowledge of public health including an understanding of how to prevent transmission of disease between animals and man
A knowledge of epidemiology, pathogenesis, therapies and control measures relating to animal disease and the practical skills to apply that knowledge
Problem solving abilities
A good professional attitude and a high standard of professional behaviour
Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between veterinary science, medical science and other biosciences
Demonstrate an awareness of the role of veterinarians in the community, particularly in relation to ethical principles
Demonstrate competence in information technology including the use of computers for word processing, data handling and information retrieval. Produce reports in a form that is satisfactory and understandable to the intended audience
Understand the career paths, other than general practice, open to holders of a veterinary degree
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Vet Med Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 36, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment, which will comprise two assessments, each worth 50 % of the final course mark.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background and interdisciplinary nature of Conservation Medicine
  2. Describe the complex relationships between animal health, human health and ecosystem health
  3. Give examples and be able to discuss the current major issues in conservation medicine, understanding the complex drivers creating these issues
  4. Discuss the role that the veterinarian can play with in Conservation Medicine, and assess the role that they currently play or intend to play as veterinarians
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsConservation Medicine,ecological health
Course organiserDr Glen Cousquer
Tel: (0131 6)51 7374
Course secretaryMiss Stavriana Manti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310
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