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Postgraduate Course: Cancer of Body Systems (C-ONC.3) (VESC11230)

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 is to promote a scientific, evidence based approach to veterinary oncology, 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/courses, 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.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Oncology). 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-Onc.1 and C-Onc.2, plus one other B or C module. Upon completion of all the necessary modules, a further synoptic assessment will be required.

This course focuses on cancer of body systems, advanced and developing therapeutics, palliative care and the clinical science of cancer. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate a broad understanding and application of knowledge relating to:
*Diagnosis and management of major cancers affecting the body systems
*Advanced cancer treatments
*Radiotherapy in the context of general practice (which patients would benefit and what the likely side effects may be)
*Holistic and palliative care
*Statistical sciences in relation to cancer
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 ( Online Activities 98, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the following methods.

Two 1500-word case reports
10-15 short-answer questions (SAQs)
A case log of 25 cases
Feedback All assignments will be marked and feedback provided within a period of 15 working days following submission (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).

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. Discuss the diagnosis and management of the major cancers affecting the nervous, digestive, cardiorespiratory, endocrine and reproductive systems
  2. Identify and apply the correct advanced therapies and radiotherapy as applied to cancer, including the basic concepts of treatment planning, dosing and monitoring responses, and side effects and their management
  3. Identify and advise on holistic and palliative care for the cancer patient
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of basic epidemiology and clinical trials, as applied to cancer
Reading List
The course reading list will be provided via the University┬┐s Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVeterinary,clinical practice,oncology
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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