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

Postgraduate Course: Zoological Medicine (B-ZM.6) (VESC11065)

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 aim of the module is to enable students to extend and consolidate the clinical knowledge and skills they will have gained at undergraduate level, and the foundation skills developed as part of their A module. The student will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future, and in particular, when progressing to their C modules.
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 (Zoological Medicine) will need to complete the following modules (or courses): A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice, B-ZM.6 (this course), and at least three C modules (from Zoo Med 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 the care and treatment of wildlife and exotic species, including housing, management, behaviour, nutrition and legislation. Students are expected to have an understanding of and experience with anaesthesia, diagnostics, surgery and therapeutics of wild and exotic species. In addition, knowledge of common diseases, including zoonoses, and species conservation is expected.
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Five case reports of 1000 words covering 5 of the 8 categories listed below, and involving species, or groups of species, from at least 3 of these taxonomic groups: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibia, fish, invertebrates (100%)

1. Management, behaviour and legislation
2. Nutrition
3. Anaesthesia
4. Diagnostics
5. Common diseases including zoonoses
6. Surgery
7. Therapeutics
8. Conservation

Reflective essay of 1000 words on how studying for the module has helped the student improve exotic animal welfare
and/or conservation (Pass/Fail only, no percentage weighting - Pass required for progression)

Students will need to have a minimum of 5% exotic/zoo/ wildlife case load during the previous two years for this module. 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 on the module. Where this is not possible, i.e. due to late registration, cases seen within the last 2 years will be acceptable.

Please note: the following species are categorised as 'Poultry' and therefore fall under the Poultry C modules of the Production Animal Practice certificate:

Broiler chickens, layer chickens, breeder chickens, growing turkeys, breeder turkeys, ducks, geese, game birds and guinea fowl

These species are therefore excluded from the Exotic Avian C-ZM.4 module and should not be included in B module case studies.
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. Demonstrate a sound grounding in the areas of practice outlined in the course description, i.e. the care and treatment of wildlife and exotic species
  2. Demonstrate the written communication skills required to present case studies
  3. Demonstrate effectively their competence in the area under discussion
  4. Develop reflective skills that enable them to understand the issues raised by a case and what they learn from it
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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
Keywordsrcvs,certavp,zoological medicine,zoo med
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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