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Postgraduate Course: Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery A (C-SAS.6) (VESC11139)

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 module is the first of two modules covering small animal orthopaedic surgery. The objective of this module is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to small animal surgery, and to help candidates develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field.
Course description This assessment-only course is the first of two modules covering small animal orthopaedic surgery. The objective of this module is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to small animal surgery, and to help candidates develop both practical and theoretical skills in the field. The candidate is expected to build on the foundation skills developed when undertaking the A and B modules of the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, and to demonstrate progression towards advanced practitioner skills. The candidate will be able to evaluate their own standards of practice and develop strategies for continuous improvement in the future.
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
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) The assessment of this module is in three parts: a case log, a case book of three cases selected by the examiners plus introduction, and a reflective essay.

1. Case log
A case log of 50 consecutive surgical cases should be submitted, which should include elective and routine surgical procedures. Brief details of the procedures used and outcome of the case will then be used by the examiners to choose three cases to be written up.

The case log should start from when candidate registers for this module. This is to demonstrate the range of cases seen by the candidate while studying for the module.

2. Case book
The candidate will be notified of the three cases selected from their case log by the examiners to be written up. Each case is written up in detail up to 1500 words maximum in length with appropriate illustrations. A single introductory discussion is used to critically appraise these three cases and demonstrate the candidate's ability to apply the learning outcomes to the management of cases in their practice. The introduction should be adequately referenced using literature search techniques as learnt in the A module and should be a maximum of 2500 words.

Case reports that exceed the prescribed word count will be returned unmarked. References from both the current published literature and standard reference sources should be used sparingly to support major statements in the text.

a) Reflective essay
The reflective essay, of up to 1000 words, completed at the end of the module, should reflect upon how the course of study has resulted in a more competent practitioner. This may include a detailed critical review of a specific aspect of theatre practice or surgical technique. All cases are to have been managed by the candidate. Cases selected for the case log should demonstrate that the candidate has dealt competently with a range of commonly presented conditions or situations from the area of practice in which they are working.
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.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the anatomical, physiological, immunological and pathological processes involved in surgical disease, including the relationships between surgery and the overall health status of the patient, and understand the pathophysiological responses to trauma including surgical trauma
  2. Show thorough familiarity with the clinical presentation of the common surgical conditions affecting dogs, cats and small mammals
  3. Demonstrate and promote concepts of best practice in relation to asepsis, preparation of theatre, personnel and patient for surgery, and strategies available for managing intra-operative contamination. Identify surgical equipment and know how to package, sterilise and maintain surgical instrumentation and equipment
  4. Demonstrate and promote best practice in post-surgical nursing, including all aspects of recovery, nutrition and post-operative rehabilitation. Communicate rational choice and use of antibiotic therapy in relation to surgical cases
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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,small animal surgery,orthopaedic surgery
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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