SCAM13001U  Veterinary Methodology and Paraclinical Skills

Volume 2017/2018
Education

This course is a compulsory course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The master is a post graduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Content

The course has a veterinary methodology and paraclinical perspective on companion animal patient work up and integrates the importance of applying a systematic approach to clinical decision making focused on the companion animal patient illustrated by the use of the problem oriented medical record (POMR) and theoretical knowledge and practical skills within key paraclinical methods. To provide the students theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for using microscopy as a solid diagnostic tool in companion animal practice. To emphasize the importance of systematic evaluation of radiographs and to provide knowledge of different image modalities applicable in companion animal clinical practice. To provide the students knowledge of ethics, welfare, management and communication tools both in respect to fellow colleagues but also the clients met in clinical practice.

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Science.

Learning Outcome

Having completed the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Define, identify and discuss veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools in systematised clinical decision making in dedicated companion animal clinical practice
  • List the systematic approach to the complex companion animal patient using POMR and be able to explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of systematic clinical decision making
  • List and explain the systematic approach to microscopy of companion animal cytology and hematology specimens
  • List and explain the systematic approach to evaluation of existing and new veterinary imaging approaches in companion animal clinical practice and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Reflect about key ethical and welfare considerations, and the key communication and management issues in companion animal practice

 Skills

  • Apply the methodologies and tools and use and adjust relevant equipment
  • Collect, prepare, evaluate and interpret normal and abnormal blood and cytology smears from companion animal patients including differentiating between inflammatory categories and malignant and benign lesions. Plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretion of these in complex clinical situations
  • Apply the systematic approach to reading and interpreting radiographs in companion animal patients and plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretion of these in complex clinical situations
  • Communicate effectively and discuss relevant problems and questions within the systematic approach to complex patients with both peers and and clients

 Competences

  • Collaborate and communicate within and between both specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in companion animal patient management
  • Plan and reflect about the use of veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools

Updated literature list will be posted 1 month prior to course start. The participant should have theoretical knowledge updated prior to participation

Inclusion criteria for Master's Programme in Companion Animal Clinical Science: Degree in veterinary medicine and at least two years of relevant work experience.
A mixture of lectures, e-learning, theoretical and practical exercises as well as case-study work.
In theory and by practical exercises to extend the participants knowledge, personal skills and competences within the subject of management, presentation and communication. In theory and by practical exercises to extend the students knowledge, practical skills and competences within clinical decision making, and the paraclinical disciplines clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
As a part of the course the student will have to hand in a number of written exercises/cases, procedure protocols.
Exam registration requirements

80 % active participation in the on site course activities are required in order to obtain approved course certificate. Both, approved course certificate and a passed examination are required to pass the course. Students may attend examination without approval of course certificate.

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
Exam period

Exam dates will be published on the programme homepage.

Criteria for exam assesment

Having completed the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Define, identify and discuss veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools in systematised clinical decision making in dedicated companion animal clinical practice
  • List the systematic approach to the complex companion animal patient using POMR and be able to explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of systematic clinical decision making
  • List and explain the systematic approach to microscopy of companion animal cytology and hematology specimens
  • List and explain the systematic approach to evaluation of existing and new veterinary imaging approaches in companion animal clinical practice and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Reflect about key ethical and welfare considerations, and the key communication and management issues in companion animal practice

 Skills

  • Apply the methodologies and tools and use and adjust relevant equipment
  • Collect, prepare, evaluate and interpret normal and abnormal blood and cytology smears from companion animal patients including differentiating between inflammatory categories and malignant and benign lesions. Plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretion of these in complex clinical situations
  • Apply the systematic approach to reading and interpreting radiographs in companion animal patients and plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretion of these in complex clinical situations
  • Communicate effectively and discuss relevant problems and questions within the systematic approach to complex patients with both peers and non-specialist colleagues and clients

 Competences

  • Collaborate and communicate within and between both specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in companion animal patient management

    Plan and reflect about the use of veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 12
  • Theory exercises
  • 12
  • Practical exercises
  • 18
  • Preparation
  • 124
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Total
  • 206