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Unit information: Animal Health Science 2 in 2014/15

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Unit name Animal Health Science 2
Unit code VETS20014
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Delisser
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 1


All other units in BVSc 2

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit explores the integrated structure and function of body systems in two elements ‘Musculoskeletal’, ‘Neurological and associated systems’ and has a final short element on ‘Exotic Species’. The unit aims to:

  • Provide students with knowledge of healthy body structures and their function
  • Enable students to understand mechanisms which govern the functions of body systems and control
  • Provide a basic knowledge of the body structure and function of small mammals and exotic species
  • Link the underpinning science of animal health to pathological processes and clinical cases as appropriate
  • Develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and to foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system
  • Understand the structure and function of the neurological and associated systems
  • Have integrated their knowledge of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal and the neurological and associated systems for common domestic species
  • Appreciate the relationships between the systems, the clinical relevance of this knowledge and the application to the live animal
  • Understand basic aspects of structure and function of small mammals and the more commonly encountered exotic species

Teaching Information

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes (laboratory and dissection)
  • Group work on Directed Self-Education (DSE) task
  • Facilitated small and large group activities
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Information

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

End of unit examination: Students will sit an examination at the end of the year consisting of a written/computer-based paper and integrated spot test. These will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Animal Health Science 2 elements, as well as interpretation and problem solving skills.

Coursework will include two DSE tasks related to the elements covered, and pre- and post-practical tests in eBiolabs.

Formative assessment: Students will have regular formative assessment throughout the unit with questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. Students will receive guidance and feedback on coursework, including eBiolabs and DSE tasks.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

Mid-sessional :

  • Written/computer based examination - 25%

End of year:

  • Written/computer-based examination 40%
  • Integrated (I)Spot - 20%
  • Directed Self Education (DSE) - 10%
  • eBiolabs - 5%

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.

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

Passing AHS2 is a requirement for progression to Year 3.

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

Reading and References

Sjaastad, O.V.,Hove, K. & Sand, O. (2003). Physiology of Domestic Animals. Cunningham: Veterinary Physiology

Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O., & Wensing, C.J.G., (2010). Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy latest edition. Saunders Co.

Please consult the handbook for a more extensive reading list.