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Unit information: Principles of Animal Care and Nursing in 2015/16

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Unit name Principles of Animal Care and Nursing
Unit code VETS10003
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Jeffery
Open unit status Not open



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School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will enable students to understand how healthy animals functions, how health can be maintained . Students will also learn to develop the essential skills of care and nursing in the management of patients in ill health.


  • To provide students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding to support the practical aspects of animal management .
  • To provide students with the knowledge to work effectively within the clinical environments of veterinary practice.
  • To provide students with an introduction to nursing cats, dogs and other small animal species commonly kept as pets.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and describe the factors which influence the maintenance of animal health and welfare across a range of species.

Describe the principles and mechanisms for ensuring effective infection control within a veterinary environment

Understand the principles of the Nursing Process and Models of Nursing and apply them in order to provide effective care to a wide range of veterinary patients

Understand the principles of Health and Safety within veterinary practice

Teaching Information

Lectures, practicals, small group seminars

Assessment Information

The overall pass mark for the unit is 40%.

Students must obtain a minimum of 40% in each of the following:

Written paper (1 hour) (50%)

Practical ( 20 minutes) (50%)

NB Students are expected to wear uniform for practical examinations.


A failure in the above assessment will result in the student being required to re-sit at the next available opportunity.

Reading and References

Essential: (Core materials for the curriculum that all students must read)

There will be papers linked to the teaching but this information will be provided at the time

Recommended: (Materials needed for a deep and comprehensive understanding of the subject that students should read but perhaps selectively)

  • BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing 5th ed.2011 Editor Liz Mullineaux
  • Handbook of Veterinary Nursing 2nd Ed 2010 Wiley -Blackwell
  • Baillieres Study Skills for Nurses. 3rd ed. Maslin-Prothero.
  • A Veterinary Dictionary

Further Reading: (Background to a subject or further specialised study that students are encouraged to read)