Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 2 x 2 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   WRITTEN EXAMINATION  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   WRITTEN EXAMINATION  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Interpret appropriate veterinary terminology

2. Distinguish between sick and healthy animals on the basis of behavioural changes

3. Identify and describe common diseases of companion animals.

4. Discuss preventative control measures available for these diseases.

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

6. Discuss the administration of first aid to an injured animal

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, etc, and methods of diagnosis of disease.


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. This module will also consider the basic principles of animal health relevant to other modules in animal science. The principal species of study will be the dog, cat and some avian species, though other species will also be considered.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Written communication - exam
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed for exam
Research skills Research into veterinary diseases, control and treatment, using peer reviewed journal sources in preparation for exam

Reading List

Recommended Text
Aiello, S E (editor) (2005) The Merck Veterinary Manual 9th Merck and Co Primo search Birchard, S J and Sherding, R G (2006) Saunders' Manual of Small Animal Practice W B Saunders Primo search Blood, D C and Studdert, V P (1998) Saunders' Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary W B Saunders Primo search Boden, E (editor) (2005) Black's Veterinary Dictionary A & C Black Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Equine Veterinary Journal Primo search In Practice (Supplement to Veterinary Record) Primo search The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine practice Primo search Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology Primo search Veterinary Journal Primo search Veterinary Record Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5