Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Nursing of Exotics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
VE20820 Optional module, cannot be taken if VE20820: Nursing of Large Animals is selected
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group presentation  15 Minutes  20%
Semester Assessment Case study  1000 Words  40%
Semester Exam 1 Hours   Written exam  40%
Supplementary Assessment Individual presentation  10 Minutes  20%
Supplementary Assessment Case study  1000 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 1 Hours   Written exam  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

Discuss methods of handling and restraint for exotics with consideration of individual patients needs and behaviour.

Identify common species of exotics and critique recognised methods of identification.

Discuss husbandry and nutritional requirements of exotics.

Discuss common infectious and non-infectious diseases and their treatment options.

Justify the need for surgical interventions for a range of conditions in exotic species.

Critique methods of analgesia and anaesthesia for exotic species.

Brief description

Students who select this module will gain insight into the nursing requirements of exotic small mammals (e.g. sugar gliders, degus, coati, servals, caracals, kinkajous, fennec foxes, tenrecs), reptiles, birds and wildlife. Initially, handling and restraint will be explored along with identification of common species and their husbandry and nutritional requirements. Common diseases (both infectious and non-infectious) will be discussed, with recognised treatment options (including nursing requirements). Finally, common surgical procedures, along with anaesthesia and analgesia will be considered.


1. Handling and restraint
2. Patient needs and behaviour
3. Common species and methods of formal identification (including microchipping and passports)
4. Infectious diseases; treatment options and nursing interventions
5. Non-infectious diseases; treatment options and nursing interventions
6. Surgical procedures
7. Analgesia; pain scoring
8. Anaesthesia

All content will be covered via a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. There will also be an expectation for students to undertake 155 hours of independent or directed study.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Co-ordinating with others Group work and group presentation
Digital capability Design of presentation material
Professional communication Presentation of information
Subject Specific Skills Species specific knowledge development


This module is at CQFW Level 5