Core Module Information
Module title: Diagnostics for Veterinary Nurses

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

Module code: VET08102
Module leader: Claire MacPherson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Knowledge of small companion animal anatomy and physiology and the disease processes associated with these species.

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to introduce the procedures involved with a range of laboratory techniques and diagnostic imaging of companion animals. This module builds upon the knowledge gained within year one modules - with special reference to fundamental anatomy and physiology. Knowledge and understanding of the RCVS day one skills for veterinary nurses and the VN Code of Professional conduct underpin this module as a core module. A range of imaging techniques and laboratory diagnostics tests will be outlined along with their clinical application within veterinary practice. The use of an evidence-based approach will encourage you to understand clinical choices, develop clinical judgements and provide safe practical performance.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop insight into the appropriate procedures required to conduct diagnostic imaging and other techniques, and report the results

LO2: Perform reliable and valid laboratory analysis by a variety of means, to include making observations and reporting the results

LO3: Explore the role of the veterinary nurse within the multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of a range of diagnostic services

LO4: Use a problem-solving approach in applying principles of evidence-based veterinary nursing within diagnostic services

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Laura Booth
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module links to previously gained knowledge gained within application of small animal nursing care, pathology and anatomy and physiology. 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 (journal articles, suggested textbook chapters & websites), independent student led tasks, quizzes, discussion forums and revision tests relating to course material covered in class. Practical skills workshops will utilise demonstration under supervision and peer assessment to engage independent, active learning, extend engagement with module and development of employability skills. The practical sessions will prepare you for the RCVS Day One Skills and RCVS Day One Competences 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) that 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

2. Behavioural tool to review development of employability skills within clinical skills sessions, with peer assessment

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

Summative Assessment:
A 90 minute short-answer scenario based examination during week 14/15 will measure underpinning understanding of the range of diagnostic techniques available. This assessment will be case-based and explore academic reasoning and clinical judgement skills that you gain within the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 33
Online Practical classes and workshops 33
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
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 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 1.3
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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