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Postgraduate Course: Anaesthesia in Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish (VESC11240)

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 reptiles compared to mammals, particularly those which are of importance for anaesthetic management. Species covered in lecture material will include snakes and chelonian, as well as guided self-directed study of more unusual reptile species. An introduction to anaesthesia in amphibian and fish will also be covered.
Course description The course will support students in developing knowledge of reptile 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 reptile 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
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 (up to 2000 words)
40% Critical Paper Review (up to 1000 words)
Feedback Formative feedback 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. To be able to discuss the anatomical and physiological differences of reptiles/amphibians/fish 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 reptile/amphibian/fish 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
- Be aware of appropriate methods of physical restraint and capture, 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
- Knowledge of legal requirements for animals classed as ┬┐dangerous wild animals┬┐

4.Recognising and treating pain

5.Knowledge of appropriate anaesthetic management
- Techniques for sedation & anaesthesia
- Description of anaesthetic & monitoring equipment where appropriate
- Appreciation of how to apply existing anaesthesia knowledge
- Awareness of how existing equipment can be adapted

6.Critical review of a selection of existing literature
Course organiserMr Kevin Eatwell
Tel: (0131 6)50 6074
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
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