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Postgraduate Course: Avian Anaesthesia (VESC11239)

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 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.
Course description 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)
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) 100% course work, consisting of:

40% critical paper review assessment (up to 1000 words)
60% case report assessment (up to 2000 words)
Feedback Formative feedback to students on case discussions via discussion boards and mid-course MCQs.

Summative feedback on assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the anatomical and physiological differences of avian species and their relevance for anaesthesia.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of anaesthesia and analgesia in these species and make informed judgements in proposing appropriate management in commonly encountered situations.
  3. 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 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 organiserMiss Juliet Duncan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8806
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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