Module Identifier RS20810  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael T Rose  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Practical   2 x 2 hour practicals during semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours WRITTEN EXAMINATION  100%
Supplementary Exam2 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

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Aiello, S E (editor) (2005) The Merck Veterinary Manual 9th. Merck and Co
Birchard, S J and Sherding, R G (2006) Saunders' Manual of Small Animal Practice W B Saunders
Blood, D C and Studdert, V P (1998) Saunders' Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary W B Saunders 0702024422
Boden, E (editor) (2005) Black's Veterinary Dictionary A & C Black 9780713663624

** Recommended Consultation
Equine Veterinary Journal
In Practice (Supplement to Veterinary Record)
The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine practice
Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Veterinary Journal
Veterinary Record


This module is at CQFW Level 5