VET30130 Veterinary Clinical Gastrointestinal System
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes on the pathophysiology, presenting and clinical signs of diseases affecting the gastrointestinal system in small and large animals.
Several aspects of clinical disease are taught including pathophysiology, clinical signs of organ dysfunction, diagnostic methods, epidemiology, diagnosis and principles of management, treatment and control. Contributory material from several disciplines including pathology, microbiology and both large and small animal medicine and surgery and therapeutics is given. In addition, lectures are included in the principles of surgery and introduction to diagnostic imaging within these systems.
On successful completion students should be able to:
– Recognise the diversity of clinical signs associated with disease of these systems, understand their significance, and distinguish them from disease signs of other systems.
– Demonstrate an understanding of the pathology and pathogenesis of gastrointestinal diseases and relate them to the clinical signs observed and distinguish them from artifacts and post-mortem changes.
– Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical diagnostic approach to the diagnosis of these diseases and to be able to compile a list of the principal differential diagnoses.
– Demonstrate an understanding of the principal laboratory and diagnostic imaging tests used in the diagnosis of diseases of these systems, and the indications for such tests.
– Interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging findings in cases of disease of these systems.
– Select and describe appropriate medical and surgical treatments for diseases of these systems.
– Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of drugs used for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.
– Describe the common surgical approaches to the abdomen in horses, ruminants and companion animals
– Describe the techniques appropriate for repair of surgical incisions and traumatic injuries to the gastrointestinal system
– Provide accurate and relevant advice regarding the control and management of disease to the owner, including hygiene, disinfection and vaccination as appropriate.
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