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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 horses. 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 horses in order to develop a problem list and appropriate differential diagnoses related to dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory presentations
- Select and interpret diagnostic testing in order to establish a definitive diagnosis in horses with dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory presentations
- Evaluate and integrate information from a range of sources in order to make recommendations for preventative health care strategies for common and important equine diseases and to prevent transmission of disease to other horses or humans, taking into account prognostic, economic and animal welfare considerations while adhering to professional and ethical standards for both companion and competition horses
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: 11 February 2021