VET30160 Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Surgery

VET30160 Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Surgery

VET30160 Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Surgery 150 150 Peter

VET30160 Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Surgery

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is part of the core course in veterinary medicine. In this module the veterinary student will gain an overview of surgical biology, an introduction to surgical methods, and principles of radiography. This module also provides an introduction to history-taking and clinical management of food animals, horses, and companion animals. This module is the basis for all subsequent clinical and surgical teaching. Recorded lectures and further resources on neutering techniques in dogs and cats will be accessible in this module to support students preparation for observing these common elective procedures in Clinical EMS. This recorded content will not be subject to assessment.

Close to the end of the trimester, development of practical clinical skills will be assessed in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). This a non-graded but must-complete component in order to pass this module. There will also be graded midterm and end of trimester assessments. Practical attendance is mandatory. Please note the grading scale for this module will be published on BrightSpace.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics and methods of dealing with the following: surgical asepsis, suture materials and needles, basic surgical instruments, haemostasis and control of operative bleeding, wound healing, management and treatment of all types of wounds, and surgical response to injury.
2. Discuss the principles of the generation and management of x-radiation, the use of the x-ray machine, cassettes, film processing, basic principles of interpretation, and legislation as it relates to the use of x-radiation in veterinary practice.
3. Outline the principles and use of alternative imaging techniques such as ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, computerised tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in gowning and gloving for surgery, aseptic technique and theatre protocol, instrument identification and handling, knot-tying (instrument tie and two-handed hand tie), and basic suture patterns.
5. Describe the principles of obtaining a clinical history, performing a physical examination and generating an initial problem list, differential diagnosis list, diagnostic plan and initial therapeutic plan for any species.

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