Core Module Information
Module title: Foundations of Veterinary Nursing Theory

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET07100
Module leader: Clare Taylor
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to introduce the professional role of the Veterinary Nurse within a multidisciplinary team and their input to patient care through the nursing process within legal and professional regulatory frameworks. The module will explore the expansive role within a clinical setting to include health and safety within a clinical setting, patient handling, hospitalisation requirements, bio-security, clinical observation, provision of nursing care and management to include first aid and client/colleague support. This diverse module provides an introduction to the role of the veterinary nurse; this foundation layer is built upon within subsequent modules. It will assist you to prepare for clinical placement and the expectations of the role that you will fulfil and the professional behaviour required of an enrolled student veterinary nurse (SVN) on a professional programme.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an awareness of the legal and professional frameworks that apply to the role of the veterinary nurse within a multidisciplinary team (RCVS day one skills section 1)

LO2: Gain an appreciation of the nursing process in relation to veterinary nursing care and management for patients with differing needs and the importance of working effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team (RCVS day one skills section 2, 3, 4, 8)

LO3: Recognise the requirements of nursing care in accordance with best practice, due regard to animal welfare and resources available (RCVS Day one skills section 3, 4 & 8)

LO4: Outline the role of the nurse in supporting clients and providing advice for patients with a range of differing needs (RCVS day one skills section 2 & 4)

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Karen Hibell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is an introduction to the role of the veterinary nurse. LOs1-4; each taught element of the module uses a variety of teaching methods, including face-to-face lectures, discussion, independent research, individual/paired and group work to provide the underpinning knowledge required within veterinary diagnostic services. The VLE will be used to provide further reading material, independent student led tasks, quizzes and revision tests relating to course material covered in class. Practical skills workshops (LOs 1-4) will utilise demonstration under supervision and peer assessment to engage independent learning, extend engagement with module and development of employability skills. The practical sessions will prepare you for the RCVS day one skills that will be applied within a veterinary clinical setting (subsequent placement modules) and a summative assessment within year 3 of the Programme.

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assessment is defined as: explicit and planned activities that feature throughout a programme, usually within a module. Formative Assessment is not credit-bearing; but its purpose is to provide high quality feedback to you on current knowledge and skills so that you can develop and demonstrate in subsequent summative assessments. You will have the opportunity for formative assessment under the direction of a mentor within a clinical skills environment. This will provide you the opportunity to receive feed-forward on performance. This also requires self-reflection of skills/knowledge and areas for development. This will be recorded in a Clinical Skills Personal Development portfolio (CSPDP) to address skills associated with Los 1-4. This consists of;

1. Practical tasks criteria checklists for Time Limited Practical Examination (TLPE) in year 3 of programme will be use within these sessions with observation and formative guidance on performance. Mock assessments will be provided with a trained assessor.

2. Behavioural tool to review development of employability skills within clinical skills sessions

3. Self-appraisals following clinical skills sessions to identify individual development areas with personalised action plans

Working formatively within clinical skills develops an awareness of tasks that fall within the remit of a VNs’ role, whilst gaining feed-forward on underpinning knowledge and skills. Preparing you for a clinical environment, where these skills will be assessed by a workplace mentor. Skills demonstrated and practiced are linked to professional discussions of the legal and professional framework, which directly leads into the summative assessment. A 1500word essay that explores the role of the VN in relation to the legal and professional framework. You will have the opportunity to submit an essay plan (template provided) for formative feed-forward.

Summative Assessment:
1500 word essay exploring the role of the veterinary nurse within small animal practice and within the legal and professional framework. You can choose any elements of the veterinary nurses’ role, which will be discussed in relation of the legal and professional frameworks that govern the profession.

Final essay will be submitted in week 12.

Rationale; ensure an awareness is developed of the legal and professional framework within first trimester. Laying foundations for wider programme, future clinical placements and career. The essay will additional develop employability skills & academic writing skills.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 122
Face To Face Lecture 27
Online Guided independent study 11
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 28
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1-4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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