Postgraduate Course: Avian Anaesthesia (VESC11239)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide students with knowledge of the physiological and anatomical differences of birds compared to mammals, particularly those which are of importance for anaesthetic management. Species covered in lecture material will include common pet birds as well as water fowl. There will be opportunity for guided self-directed study of less commonly encountered avian species.
The course will support students in developing knowledge of avian species. The approach will cover aspects of physiology, anatomy which have implications on anaesthesia management. Particular emphasise will be placed on encouraging application of knowledge to clinical anaesthesia in avian species, with the aim of improving anaesthetic management of these species for those in practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% course work, consisting of:
40% critical paper review assessment (up to 1000 words)
60% case report assessment (up to 2000 words)
||Formative feedback to students on case discussions via discussion boards and mid-course MCQs.
Summative feedback on assessments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the anatomical and physiological differences of avian species and their relevance for anaesthesia.
- Demonstrate knowledge of anaesthesia and analgesia in these species and make informed judgements in proposing appropriate management in commonly encountered situations.
- Critically review the published evidence concerning anaesthesia in these species.
|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.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Knowledge of avian physiology and anatomy
- Recognise general differences in physiology and anatomy compared to mammals
- Be aware of species specific physiology and anatomy
2. Methods of handling/restraint/capture
- Be aware of appropriate methods for handling of avian species
- Be aware of appropriate methods of physical restraint and capture for avian species, with particular relevance to common clinical situations
3.Knowledge of potential hazards, legal and/or ethical considerations
- Awareness of zoonotic diseases
-Awareness of potential of physical injury of both staff and patient
4.Recognising and treating pain in avian species
5.Knowledge of appropriate anaesthetic management for avian species
- Techniques for sedation & anaesthesia
- Description of anaesthetic & monitoring equipment where appropriate
- Appreciation of how to apply existing anaesthesia knowledge to avian species
- Awareness of how existing equipment can be adapted for use in avian species
6.Critical review of a selection of existing literature on avian anaesthesia
|Course organiser||Miss Juliet Duncan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8806
|Course secretary||Mr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112