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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject focuses on both the general principles of veterinary clinical practice and the specific approach to diagnosis, management and prevention of disease in dogs and cats. Content will be delivered in blocks based on clinical presentations related to dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory problems in parallel with presentations of the same systems in other species. This approach is designed to support students in the development of their diagnostic reasoning skills, and encourage a comparative view of veterinary medicine and surgery.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Collect and interpret information from clinical history, epidemiological data and clinical examination findings in an individual or groups of dogs and cats in order to develop contextually appropriate prioritised differential diagnoses related to dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory presentations
- Choose, perform and interpret diagnostic testing in order to establish a definitive diagnosis in animals with dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory presentations
- Formulate and recommend appropriate strategies that promote preventative health and that address common and important medical and surgical conditions in dogs and cats with dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, lameness and respiratory presentations, taking into account prognostic, economic, public health and animal welfare considerations
Students completing this subject will have developed:
- An in-depth understanding of specific veterinary clinical disciplines
- Manual dexterity and technical skills in the practical application of these disciplines
- The ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting, to trouble-shoot technical difficulties and to seek accurate solutions to complex biological problems
- The capacity to apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to problem-solving
- Advanced experience in observation, interpretation of complex data, problem-solving, time management, record-keeping and communication in both written and verbal formats.
Last updated: 3 November 2022