VET40280 Farm Animal Clinical Studies
Academic Year 2021/2022
This 5-week module in Farm Animal Clinical Studies is an integrated module addressing the internal medicine of the individual farm animal in a hospital context in addition to the application of health and fertility management at herd and flock level. The students actively participate in all aspects of assessment, treatment, routine surgical management and care of referred cases to the UCD Veterinary Hospital. This includes supervising diagnostic procedures, administration of medication and maintenance of food animal medicines registers and case records. The farm animal rotations provide extensive opportunity for developing clinical diagnostic skills. The teaching and learning strategy for this module consists of 2 weeks of online teaching in the summer; 1 week of practical classes/clinical hospital cases in the autumn, followed by 2 weeks on clinical hospital work in the spring. The module is taught in the UCD Veterinary Hospital, on co-operating dairy farms, at the UCD Lyons Farm, as well as through online classes.
The learning outcomes of the module reflect the role of the farm animal practitioner in a rapidly changing agricultural industry of the 21st century. At the individual animal level, students will learn to become competent clinicians with appropriate practical skills and a good understanding of internal medicine as it applies to the common diseases of farm animals and in particular ruminant species. In the herd health context, the rotation focuses around data management and interpretation. Students will develop an understanding of the investigation, control and monitoring of the major animal health themes for the international and Irish dairy industry, as identified by Animal Health Ireland (www.animalhealthireland.ie) (mastitis, lameness, calf health, paratuberculosis, BVDV, IBR, fertility).
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