Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Veterinary Health
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 4 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Interpret appropriate veterinary terminology.

2. Differentiate between medical and non-medical factors leading to changes in animal behaviour in sick and healthy animals.

3. Identify, describe and discuss preventative control measures of common diseases of farm, companion and captive animals.

4. Describe the management of sick and injured animals.

5. Evaluate the physiological basis of pain.

Brief description

This module will cover the meanings of veterinary terminology, the causes of disease, and the indicators of illness in different farm, companion and captive animal species. This will include the methods of examination of individual sick animals as well as herds/flocks, and an introduction to the methods of diagnosis of disease.


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. Veterinary terminology related to all these areas will be covered in depth. Current animal welfare guidelines along with the recommendations for the care of sick and injured animals and management of minor wounds will be discussed. Zoonoses and notifiable diseases will also be considered. The module will also evaluate the interaction between health and behaviour in vertebrate animals and how behaviour can be affected by a medical component with particular reference to pain. The role and interaction of the veterinary surgeon with paraprofessionals in the treatment of behavioural disorders will also be discussed with particular emphasis on the psychopharmacological intervention in the treatment of common behavioural disorders.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not a significant component of this module
Communication Developed through written and oral assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through processes of knowledge checking via mid-term quizzes.
Information Technology Not a significant component of this module
Personal Development and Career planning Not a significant component of this module
Problem solving Problem solving elements will be contained and developed within the written assessments.
Research skills Research and information literacy skills will be a critical requirement of the written and oral forms of assessments.
Subject Specific Skills Students will learn to make a clinical assessment of an animal in order to either legally treat the animal or seek veterinary advice.
Team work Not a significant component of this module


This module is at CQFW Level 5