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Unit information: Clinical Veterinary Science 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Clinical Veterinary Science 1
Unit code VETS30030
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Barrett
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 2


All other units in BVSc 3

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Clinical Veterinary Science 1 (CVS1) is the first unit of the Clinical Veterinary Science theme and provides 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. The CVS1 unit includes the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques, including clinical pathology and imaging, and basic practical, clinical and physical examination skills. The CVS1 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:

  • Explain the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques including clinical pathology and imaging
  • 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

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Facilitated small and large group activities, including case-based tasks
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Information

Mid-sessional examination: Students will sit a mid-sessional examination in January consisting of a written/computer-based paper to test knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills.

End of unit examination: Students will sit an examination at the end of the year 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 Clinical Veterinary Science 1 unit. Students will be expected to draw upon their underlying knowledge from the Clinical Veterinary Science, Animal Disease and Animal Health Science themes.

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

Formative assessment: Students will have formative assessment in the unit for example questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. 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).

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • Mid-sessional written/computer-based examination: 20%
  • End of unit written/computer-based short answer questions (SAQs) examination: 40%
  • End of unit written/computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs) examination: 40%
  • Practical examination - must pass

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

Passing Clinical Veterinary Science 1 is a requirement for progression to Year 4.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations in August / September

Reading and References

Under review (not expected to change significantly from current required texts)