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Postgraduate Course: Ruminants, Camelids and Pigs (Anaesthesia and Analgesia) (VESC11084)

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
SummaryThis course will provide students with knowledge of the anatomical, physiological, pharmacological and ethological differences which are of importance for anaesthetic management. Species covered in lecture material will include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, lamas and alpacas.
Course description The course will support students in developing knowledge of anaesthesia in cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, lamas and alpacas. Relevant aspects of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and ethology will be covered, allowing application of such knowledge to the application of anaesthetics in commercial, laboratory and zoological contexts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Student must have progressed from certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia/ or be enrolled on an appropriate clinical MSc programme (DVetMed/ small animal practice).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Course Start Date 06/05/2022
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) 100% course work

60% Case Report
40% Critical Paper Review
Feedback Formative feedback on case study assessment
Informal feedback to students on case discussions via discussion boards.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to discuss the species-specific elements of peri-anaesthetic management in cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, lamas and alpacas.
  2. Be able to compare different techniques in anaesthesia and analgesia for the above species.
  3. Be able to critically review the published evidence concerning anaesthesia in these species.
Reading List
The course reading list will provided in the course outline on LEARN. In addition weekly journal articles relevant to the weeks learning material will in included.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and ethology.
- Appreciate the main biological differences between the artiodactyla and other mammals and how these affect anaesthetic management.

2. Knowledge of potential hazards, legal and/or ethical considerations
- Legal requirements, e.g., animal welfare, the ┬┐Cascade┬┐
- Zoonotic diseases
- Health and safety items.

3. Pain management in these species

4.Knowledge of appropriate anaesthetic techniques
- Pre-operative assessment
- Pre-operative preparation
- Pre-operative medication
- Induction
- Maintenance

- Description of anaesthetic & monitoring equipment requirements of large artiodactyla

5. Critical review of a selection of existing literature on anaesthesia
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will run over 5 weeks, with approximately 5 hours study time per week (25 hours total time) comprising of pre-recorded lectures, discussion forum participation, textbook chapters and journal articles.
Course organiserMr Tom Beeston
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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