Introd.Vet.Clinical Sciences (Med & Sur)

Subject VETS20003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours of lectures and 21 hours of practical classes.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 75 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement


Assoc Prof Glenn Edwards

Subject Overview:

Topics include principles of physical examination of animals, principles of surgery and anaesthesia, wound healing and management and introductions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.


A student completing this subject should:

  • be able to obtain from an animal owner and record, a comprehensive patient history;
  • be able to undertake a physical examination of a patient and provide a preliminary evaluation of signs in terms of anatomy and physiology;
  • understand and be able to apply principles of surgery;
  • understand the principle mechanisms involved in the healing of wounds and the methods employed in managing wounds;
  • understand the principles of anaesthesiology and possess the essential information on anaesthetic agents and routes of administration, principally in the dog;
  • understand the modes of action and the principles underlying use of the major classes of therapeutic drugs;
  • develop skills in integrating previously taught subjects with the clinical material.

A 2-hour written examination (75%) and a 15-minute oral and/or practical examination (25%) both at the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students completing this subject should have:

  • observational, recording and interpretational skills;

  • verbal communication skills;

  • skills in working as part of a team; and

  • technical and problem solving skills.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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