Module title: Diagnostics for Veterinary Nurses

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

Module code: VET08102
Module leader: Nina Tomlin
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

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

2018/9, 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: Nina Tomlin
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,
independent student led tasks, quizzes and revision tests relating to course material covered in
class. Practical skills workshops 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 the learner 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:
Students will have the opportunity for formative assessment in the form of a Clinical Skills
Personal Development portfolio (CSPDP) that consists of;
- 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
- Behavioural tool to review development of employability skills within clinical skills
sessions, with peer assessment.
- Self-appraisals following clinical skills sessions to identify individual
development areas with personalised action plans.

Summative Assessment:
90minute short-answer scenario based examination week 14/15 to measure underpinning
understanding of the range of diagnostic techniques available. This assessment will be case-based
and explore academic reasoning and clinical judgement skills gained by the individual within the

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 33
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 23
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
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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

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