Module title: Veterinary Theatre Nursing and Anaesthesia

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET08101
Module leader: Kate Acton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

Awareness of companion animal anatomy and physiology

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Marshall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
For the purpose of Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a Veterinary Nursing Theory module. (ref: B9.5.3)

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A range of modified lectures, student centred discussion, simulation exercises and practical classes (LOs 1, 4, 5 and 6) facilitate students’ learning of the underpinning theory relating to clinical skills used to address LOs 1 - 6. Sessions promote students’ ability to critically evaluate experience gained during clinical practice against theory to address LOs 2 and 3.

An assessment portfolio will be utilised containing the written assessment and time limited practical examination for the summative assessment. Both components must be passed for a grade to be awarded. The grade awarded will reflect the percentage grade awarded for the written assessment.

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.

LANTRA National Occupational Standards (2010) Reference:
RVN3, RVN4, RVN8, RVN21, RVN22, RVN23, RVN24, RVN25, RVN26, RVN27, RVN28, RVN30, RVN31

RCVS Day one skills for veterinary nurses;

Section 5, 10, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The application of theory to practice will enable the student to work within the surgical team embedding all aspects of the surgical veterinary nurse’s role. This will facilitate a patient centred approach to nursing the surgical patient.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Assessment will cover each learning outcome in order that development of the student’s knowledge is assessed

Formative Assessment:
Formative –
1. Tutor devised questions throughout the module will be used in class and on the VLE to evaluate learning.

Summative Assessment:
Summative –
1. Portfolio: The portfolio will consist of two elements carrying 100% final marks.

Element 1: 2500 word report covering the role of the surgical veterinary nurse covering LO’s 2 and 3. This is due in week 14.

Element 2: – Time limited practical examination observed by tutors covering LO’s 1, 4, 5 and 6. This is due in week 14.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 33
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 33
Independent Learning Guided independent study 124
Online Guided independent study 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-6 15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Topics within this module include

The identification, care and maintenance of common surgical instruments found within veterinary practice. Pre, intra and post operative care of veterinary patients. The preparation and maintenance of the surgical environment. The maintenance and monitoring of anaesthesia and different anaesthetic techniques.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Illustrate the use and maintenance of different anaesthetic equipment
LO2: Utilise a problem solving approach to meeting the needs of surgical patients and associated record keeping
LO3: Explore the role of the surgical nurse
LO4: Demonstrate aseptic technique applied to theatre practice
LO5: Describe the preparation and maintenance of the surgical environment
LO6: Distinguish a range of surgical Instruments, their maintenance and management

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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