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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Bovine Nutrition Husbandry and Lactogenesis (C-C.4) (VESC11049)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of this course/module is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to production animal practice, and to help students develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field. The student is expected to build on the foundation skills developed when undertaking the A and B modules, and to demonstrate progression towards advanced practitioner skills. The student will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle). Students wishing to achieve this certificate will need to complete the following modules: A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-PAP.2, C-C.4 and at least two other C modules (from designated cattle modules) plus one other B or C module. Upon completion of all the necessary modules, a further synoptic assessment will also be required.

This course focuses on bovine nutrition, husbandry and lactogenesis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment is in two parts ¿ written work submitted online (must be passed to attend for examination), and an examination held at Edinburgh.

1. Written submission [case log and case reports]

Case log
The student is required to submit a case log of fifty cases.
- These cases should not be used for any other courses/modules the student may take.
- The log should comprise a list of cases seen (single or groups of animals treated) by the student, dates when the cases were seen and outcome of each case.

The case log is a list designed only to document that these cases were seen and no details will be required. These cases should demonstrate that the student has seen a reasonable number and variety of cases in practice while studying for the module and is not relying on information gained solely from classical textbooks on the subject. Case log templates will be provided.

Case reports
Two case reports (maximum of 1500 words each) which should cover different areas of the module syllabus content as provided on Learn.

All cases are to have been managed by the student. Cases selected should demonstrate that the student has dealt competently with a range of commonly presented conditions or situations from the area of practice in which they are working.

Cases should be recent, with ¿recent¿ indicating cases seen preferably within the period of registration. Where this is not possible, i.e. due to late registration, cases seen within the last 2 years will be acceptable.

2. Practical examination

There is also a practical examination held at Edinburgh under exam conditions. The aim of the examination is to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their clinical skills and practical approach in everyday practice. Students should be prepared to undertake the following:

- A clinical examination of two cases (each 25 minutes) relating to topics covered in the module syllabus

Where assessment involves both a written submission and an examination component at Edinburgh, this must be taken in the same examination diet. It is not possible to take one aspect of an assessment in one year, and the remaining in a following year.
Feedback Full written feedback will be provided with results, and students are encouraged to contact the programme team to discuss if they have any queries.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the husbandry and management of beef and dairy cattle in the UK, and critically evaluate the relative merits of the systems used
  2. Explain the detailed principles of bovine nutrition, and provide advice
  3. Apply in depth knowledge and understanding of bovine nutrition to clinical work with dairy and beef herds
  4. Apply an in depth-knowledge of cattle housing, for all ages of livestock, to clinical problems and be able to provide advice on the planning of bovine housing and husbandry systems
  5. Understand the legislation relating to the health, management, and welfare of cattle and food production in the UK
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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
¿ recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style

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 able to identify processes and strategies for learning
¿ 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

C. Communication
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 create and harness opportunities
¿ be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
¿ be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
¿ have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
¿ 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
¿ work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
Keywordsbovine,certavp,rcvs,nutrition,husbandry,lactogenesis,production animal practice
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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