Module Information

Module Identifier
BR21310
Module Title
Companion Animal Health
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Mrs Caroline Rymer (Senior Research Fellow - University of Reading)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 1 x 3 Hour Seminar
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal health seminar.  Students will present a 15 minute seminar in teams of four or five.  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Interpret appropriate veterinary terminology

2. Identify and describe common diseases of companion animals

3. Discuss preventative control measures available for these diseases.

4. Discuss the principles of animal welfare relating to the conditions in which companion animals are kept and transported

Brief description

The module will cover the meanings of veterinary terminology, the causes of disease, the indicators of illness in different species of companion animal, the methods of examination of individual sick animals, and methods of diagnosis of disease.

Content

This module aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in basic aspects of companion animal health and welfare. Special emphasis will be given to the principles of epidemiology of common systemic diseases in the individual animal. Animal welfare guidelines along with the recommendations for the care of sick and injured animals and management of wounds will be discussed. Zoonoses will also be considered. Veterinary terminology related to all these areas will be covered in depth. The principal species of study will be the dog, cat, rodents and some avian species, though other exotic species will also be considered in less detail.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and the presentation, where these will be assessed. Feedback will be given for the assignment.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the seminar and the exam. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills The assignment and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Concepts relating to animal health will be developed. These will be assessed in the exam and in the assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment
Team work The seminar presentations will be done in groups, where team working skills will be required.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5