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Postgraduate Course: Cardiovascular diagnostics (C-VC.2) (VESC11058)

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 veterinary cardiology, 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. Students working towards the designated Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Cardiology) will need to complete the following modules (or courses): A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-SAP.1 or B-EP.3, this module, two other C modules (from Vet Cardiology designated 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 making a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease using the appropriate techniques. It is not concerned with the therapeutics or management of animals with cardiovascular disease as this is the concern of module C-VC.3. The course is aimed at veterinary surgeons in private practice, or at a veterinary school with a substantial case load of small or large animals, or a mixture, of which a significant number have primary cardiovascular disease, or require through examinations of their cardiovascular system for investigation of other systemic illnesses, or injury. The module may be taken from a large animal or a small animal perspective, or a mixture of the two.
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 three parts: a case log (Pass/Fail, no percentage weighting - must pass before attending for examination), a spot test examination at Edinburgh(50%), and a case book containing 5 case reports (50%) submitted online.

1. A case log which documents at least 200 cases seen by the student over the period that the course/module is being completed. Any animal requiring therapeutics and/or management may be included. This case log can be submitted to cover both C-VC.2 and C-VC.3

2. A spot test focusing on diagnostics (1.5 hour exam; 15 questions, 6 minutes each) (50%)

3. Five case reports each of 1,500 words (maximum) chosen by the student and covering a range of cases

For the purposes of the case log the student MUST have performed a full clinical examination on each animal entered. For radiography and echocardiographic images, the student will be expected to demonstrate via their case reports that they are able to recognise and explain faults, when present in their diagnostic material.
Feedback Students will have the option to submit drafts of one case study for formative written feedback to aid in preparation for submission.

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. Select appropriate diagnostic techniques for small or large animal patients based on their history and clinical findings (auscultation, physical examination)
  2. Diagnose acute cardiac failure and shock
  3. Show an understanding of the balance between patient care and patient stabilisation before extensive diagnostic procedures are undertaken
  4. Show competence in acquiring the appropriate diagnostic materials from the tests and procedures selected. e.g. Electrocardiographs, radiographs and echocardiographs
  5. Critically assess and measure the diagnostic material once it has been derived, show competence in interpreting diagnostic material acquired from each case, integrating all of the elements of their diagnostic work up, and provide an accurate final diagnosis
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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
Keywordscardiovascular diagnostics,rcvs,certavp,cardiology,veterinary cardiology
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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