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Abdominal & Urogenital Emergencies (VETS90037)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90037
Semester 1 - Online
Semester 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on abdominal, gastrointestinal, and urogenital emergencies. This subject will increase understanding of both pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions; acute abdomen, pancreatitis, liver failure, gastrointestinal foreign bodies, gastric dilation and volvulus, pyometra, dystocia, acute renal failure, and urethral obstruction. Both fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of these areas will be covered allowing students to build on knowledge that was acquired as an undergraduate leading to a deeper understanding and improved clinical confidence in these areas.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject, students should be able to;

  • apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapy in order to successfully manage acute abdomen, gastrointestinal, renal, urinary tract, and reproductive emergencies
  • describe surgical procedures for and name potential complications of surgery for GDV, gastrointestinal foreign bodies, pyometra and caesarean section
  • demonstrate knowledge of pharmaceuticals that are used in the management of gastrointestinal disease including indications and mechanism of action
  • apply the core principles covered in this subject to case studies

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • problem-solving skills
  • analytic skills
  • increased confidence in tackling unfamiliar problems
  • the capacity to manage competing demands on time

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Experience in small animal veterinary practice.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Self-assessment by multiple choice questions, 10 MCQ for each of 10 tutorials, takes 20 minutes - 200 minutes total - following each tutorial and one prior to subject completion, (20%)
  • 50 MCQ open book examination, takes 100 minutes, during exam week, (50%). To pass this examination, a minimum mark of 70% is required.
  • Interpretation of 25 case studies assessed by structured questions pertaining to each case - 5 MCQ per case - total time is 250 minutes, throughout the semester, (30%)

Dates & times

Time commitment details

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject

Additional delivery details

The online contact hours include;

  • online tutorials
  • online lectures
  • exercises
  • webinars

Further information

Last updated: 27 June 2019