VET40290 Small Animal Clinical Studies
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module in Small Animal Clinical Studies is a wholly integrated module addressing internal medicine and critical care of small animals, particularly dogs and cats. Students actively participate in all aspects of case management and care in the University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital (UCDVH). This includes history taking, physical examination, diagnostic and monitoring procedures, treatments, maintenance of case records and client communication. The rotations provide extensive opportunity to develop appropriate problem solving and clinical diagnostic skills. The teaching and learning strategy for this module will be a one-week distributive rotation covering first opinion work, one four-week rotation covering internal medicine, oncology and emergency medicine and a one-week rotation dedicated to the UCDVH Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The learning outcomes of the module reflect the role of the small animal practitioner in the rapidly advancing field of internal medicine. Students will learn to become competent clinicians with appropriate practical skills and a good understanding of the common medical diseases of small animals. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving of the range of different presentations encountered in small animal practice. This will be underpinned with preventive care measures and an understanding of the veterinarian’s legal and ethical obligations. Students will also develop basic skills for managing emergency cases.
Having completed this module, students will be able to:
(a) Advise on appropriate preventive care measures for small animals including vaccines, parasiticides, oral and dental hygiene, reproduction, nutrition, behaviour and lifestage
(b) Safely handle small animals and recognise the need for environmental control of infectious diseases
(c) Understand the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of medical diseases of dogs and cats
(d) Obtain a full and pertinent patient history and conduct and record a complete physical examination depicting any relevant abnormalities including the assessment of nutritional status and muscle condition
(e) Perform a full dental examination and provide advice
(f) Demonstrate an ability to identify problems and to formulate and prioritise appropriate differential diagnoses
(g) Select appropriate diagnostic tests with clear differentiation of their indications and contraindications
(h) Interpret diagnostic test results
(i) Select appropriate treatment with knowledge of potential adverse effects and expected outcome
(j) Demonstrate proficiency in dealing with critically ill patients in an ICU environment
(k) Maintain adequate clinical records
(l) Appropriately prescribe, record and dispense medications within the relevant legislation
(m) Communicate clearly with clients and other members of the veterinary team
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