SVEK13024U Summer School Companion Animals

Volume 2024/2025

Veterinarians (graduate students).


 The students will take active part in the daily work in the University Hospital of Companion Animals under direction of the responsible veterinarians. The daily language in the hospital is Danish but all staff members are familiar with English and will speak English with the students. Several staff members are native English or American speaking.

 The Small Animal Hospital has elective cases, community practice, referral service and emergency patients.

It will be possible for the students to work during daytime and/or during evening shifts in the hospital.

The working hours during the daytime will be from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

The working hours during the evening time will be from 4.00 pm – 00.00 am

Furthermore the student can take part in the daily clinical work during the weekend daytime, 8.00 am – 4.00 pm.

Clinical training can be within the following rotations (at least one full week for each rotation):

- General practice
- Internal medicine
- Surgery
- Anaesthesiology
- Emergency service (day shift)
- Emergency Service (evening shift)
- Companion Animal Veterinary Imaging
- Veterinary Clinical Pathology (cytology)
- 1 week combination of specialty services (Cardiology, Oncology and Neurology)

Students will be asked to compile a list of preferred rotations. However the final planning will be made by the course organizers with no guaranty of preferred rotations.

Learning Outcome

During the course, the student will get the possibility to achieve first hand experience within one or more of the above mentioned clinical rotations at the University Hospital of Companion Animals.

- Describe some common medical and surgical diseases in companion animal general practice
- Describe the use of problem based clinical examination and interpretation methodology in companion animal clinical practice

- Apply problem based clinical examination and interpretation methodology in companion animal clinical practice
- Perform a full clinical investigation of a companion animal patient
- Determine and justify diagnostic and treatment plans as well as prognosis in selected patients.
- Choose, justify and interpret relevant para-clinical- and clinical tests in selected clinical scenarios
- Obtain and process selected clinical diagnostic samples"

- Identify, evaluate and interpretate elements of a clinical case to be able to compile and implement diagnostic and- therapeutic plans.
- Use professional communication by implementing correct medical terminology

Relevant literature within companion animal practice

The students have to be on their last year of veterinary study.
Practical clinical training
Students must bring stethoscope, thermometer, scissors, appropriate disinfectable footwear such as clogs, blue scrubs, lab coat and note block/pencil.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Practical exercises
  • 82,5
  • Total
  • 82,5
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment, .
Type of assessment details
The student will be evaluated during the rotations
Exam registration requirements

The student must attend each of the rotations for a minimum of 80%

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

During the course



Criteria for exam assesment

To achieve the grade passed, the student shall (in an adequate level) be able to:

Criteria  are  set at levels appropriate to the time spent on the course and to status as a final year veterinary student.  Assessment will be made  during the course  as follows:

- During rotations contribute to clinical discussions concerning patients by showing knowledge relevant to a particular patient.

- Demonstrate relevant clinical skills such as the ability to perform diagnostic tests and clinical examinations related to companion animal veterinary patients.

- Present a summary of a particular patient's status at a particular time, in the form of a "SOAP Note" , (subjective, objective assessment plan).