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Unit information: Clinical Veterinary Science and One Health in 2021/22

Unit name Clinical Veterinary Science and One Health
Unit code VETS30040
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Macfarlane
Open unit status Not open

Completion of all Year 2 units


All other Year 3 units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Clinical Veterinary Science and One Health builds upon the knowledge and understanding developed in the Animal Disease 1 unit. Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of the agents of disease, the management and prevention of diseases and the implications of animal disease on food safety and human and global health. Students also develop their knowledge and understanding of key aspects of animal welfare law and its application. It provide the foundation knowledge and understanding of clinical case management as well as problem solving and clinical reasoning skills as applied to the treatment and prevention of disease in individuals, groups and populations at national and transnational levels. The unit includes the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques, including clinical pathology and imaging, actions and use of drugs in the treatment and prevention of disease, and basic practical, clinical and physical examination skills. The unit also introduces systems-based teaching incorporating pathology, medicine, surgery and therapeutics across the common domestic species, companion and food animals, and implications for veterinary public health and food safety. The lectures are complemented by case-based learning in small and large groups and through independent study. The unit will continue to develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Identify the major microorganisms and pathogens of animals, the diseases they cause, the mechanisms by which they cause disease, their modes of transmission, epidemiology, control and importance to veterinary practice and public health
  • Describe and apply the principles of laboratory recognition for the identification of a wide range of veterinary pathogens and the laboratory diagnosis of clinical episodes of infectious disease
  • Recognize the impact of animals on human health and well-being, the zoonotic diseases that humans contract from living animals and from eating animal-derived products, and the role of vets in assuring food safety
  • Recognize the broad implications of veterinary public health, the economic significance and impact of animal disease on human well-being, the veterinary surgeon’s role in control and eradication of disease, the legal responsibilities and the implications for transnational disease and global health
  • Describe the main aspects of both farm and small animal welfare law in the UK applicable to the veterinary profession
  • Discuss how farm assurance schemes operate and identify stakeholders involved in decision making in this and similar welfare/ethical situations
  • Show an understanding of the integration between cause, effect and prevention of disease as applied to individuals, groups and populations
  • Explain the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques including clinical pathology and imaging
  • Describe the action of drugs upon the body and explain the use of drugs in the treatment and prevention of veterinary disease
  • Identify how to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent common medical and surgical diseases of common domestic species
  • Employ a logical approach and basic clinical reasoning skills to solve clinical cases and problems as applied to individuals, groups and populations
  • Demonstrate basic clinical and physical examination skills
  • Identify the implications of clinical scenarios for veterinary public health

Teaching Information

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Practical classes

Facilitated small and large group activities

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: Students will sit a formative mid-sessional examination consisting of a written/computer-based paper to test knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills. Students will receive guidance and feedback on questions. Students are required to keep a log of clinical and physical examinations completed in Extra Mural Studies (EMS).

Summative assessment: Students will sit an examination at the end of the unit consisting of written/computer-based papers. These will test knowledge and understanding, interpretation and problem solving, diagnostic and reasoning skills of material covered in the unit. Students will also be expected to draw upon their underlying knowledge from the Animal Disease and Animal Health Science themes.

Coursework: Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks on topics related to veterinary public health and microbiology. These are must pass tasks.

Practical examination: Students will take a practical examination testing their competence in basic clinical skills taught in the unit.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • End of unit written/computer-based short answer questions (SAQs) examination: 30%
  • End of unit written/computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs) examinations (2 papers): 60% (Paper 1 -30%/ Paper 2- 30%)
  • Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks (VPH and microbiology 5% each) – 10% (must pass)
  • Practical examination - must pass

The mark for the DSE tasks will be carried forward to any re-sit attempt

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine the intended learning outcomes.

Note: Students will be provided with more information about the DSE tasks in the unit handbook and / or by the unit organiser at the start of the academic year.

Passing Clinical Veterinary Science and One Health is a requirement for progression to Year 4.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations during the resit period.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.