VET30450 Veterinary Clinical Endocrine, Metabolic and Dermatology
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module consists of a series of lectures, practical classes and case-based tutorials on metabolic, endocrine and dermatological diseases. All aspects of the common clinical conditions will be covered including pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic tests, medical and surgical therapies and prevention where applicable. Contributory material from all disciplines (microbiology, pathology, large and small animal medicine, surgery and therapeutics) will be included. During the practical classes students will be exposed to routine diagnostic procedures such as skin scrapings, hair plucks, intradermal testing and skin biopsy and routine microbiological techniques. There will be an introduction to the histopathological interpretation of relevant disorders. Case-based tutorials will provide the student with the opportunity to study retrospective case material and allow them improve their problem-based learning skills.
On successful completion the student should be able to
(1) Recognize and describe the clinical, clinicopathological and pathological features of the common endocrine and metabolic diseases which occur in small and large animals and understand their pathophysiological mechanisms
(2) Recognize the importance of endocrine disorders in common presenting complaints such as polyuria/polydipsia and hypercalcaemia/hypocalcaemia and to be able to use this knowledge in problem solving.
(3) Recognize the differences in prevalence and presenting features of endocrine and metabolic disorders in small and large animals
(3) Discuss the use of the basal and dynamic tests used in the diagnosis of endocrine and metabolic disorders
(4) Discuss the treatment options for endocrine and metabolic disorders including their surgical approach if applicable
(5) Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathogenesis of skin diseases in animals
(6) Demonstrate an understanding of the routine diagnostic approach to animals with skin disease
(7) Recognize the clinical signs and histopathology of various cutaneous reaction patterns
(8) Demonstrate proficiency in routine dermatological diagnostic techniques including their indications
(9) Discuss the public health aspects of skin disease, particularly in relation to potentially zoonotic disorders.
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