Core Module Information
Module title: Principles of Small Animal Care

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

Module code: VET07102
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

This module seeks to introduce the scientific and husbandry principles that underlie the care of small animals in a clinical environment. Students will learn how the health of small animals can be promoted through appropriate husbandry techniques. Handling and restraint and the clinical examination of animals are covered both in theory and in practical sessions. The module aims to equip students with both the academic and investigative skills to independently explore the clinical care requirements of other species of animals, particularly exotic animals. Additional professional skills are built in to the delivery of the module. This module covers elements of the RCVS Day 1 Skills sections 3 and 4.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO 1: Identify hazards and select the appropriate techniques and equipment for the safe handling and restraint of animals
LO 2: Explain how the health of small animals can be promoted and maintained through appropriate husbandry techniques
LO 3: Recognise indicators of health in animals and perform a clinical examination
LO 4: Develop personal skills which can be applied in the veterinary practice setting

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: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Core material will be presented to students via lectures and within small group practical sessions (LOs 1-4). Supporting material and directed private study will be provided via Moodle (LOs 1-4). The importance of the application of the theory of animal handling and husbandry to the practical management of animals in a clinical environment will be emphasised (LO 1 and 2) Practical animal handling and examination workshops as well as small group sessions relating to professional and academic skills will take place throughout the module (LOs 1, 3, 4). Academic and information literacy will also be encouraged through directed learning and formative assessment.

Formative Assessment:
MCQ quizzes will be used to develop underpinning understanding of knowledge across the wide range of the module content and in preparation for the summative component. These will be completed regularly in class and further assessment preparation questions and tasks will be available on moodle.

Practical handling, restraint and health assessment of companion animals will be carried out in small group sessions throughout the trimester. These relate to summative assessment questions.
Workshops on communication skills and human first aid will be done in small groups.
Mock exam will be held in week 12 / 13

Summative Assessment:
Exam in week 14 or 15: Two hour written paper, containing 30 multiple choice and 3 structured essay questions covering all learning outcomes

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 16
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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