Module title: Clinical Care, Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Wildlife Species

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET09105
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Module content is delivered through VLE. Core material is provided as notes, supported by links to websites and sources of further information (all learning outcomes). Wherever possible subject matter is related to prior learning. A problem solving approach is adopted where students undertake short tasks throughout the module to find out more information about particular topics.
Use of the discussion forum within Moodle allows students to post findings, ask questions, reflect on their own experiences, take part in debates on topical subjects and communicate with their peers and tutor.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments are provided online every 2 weeks in the form of forum discussion questions. This provides students with the opportunity to gain staff and peer feedback and to feedback to their peers also. It also serves to provide a learning community atmosphere despite the module being online. The discussion forums are developmental for the summative assessment.
Mock exam questions will be available online in Week 12 providing students with the opportunity to prepare for the summative exam.

Summative Assessment:
Examination: Week 14 or 15 demonstrating knowledge and understanding of all learning outcomes. This will take the form of a short answer written paper.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 39
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
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 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Wildlife care – first aid and basic husbandry needs of rescued wildlife. Common presentations of wildlife problems – fractures, road traffic accidents, oil spills. Dealing with different species – birds, small/large mammals, reptiles. Handling. Health and safety. Ethical and moral dilemmas.
Rehabilitation – Methods of rehabilitation, assessing health, environmental factors, problems of imprinting, alternatives to rehabilitation, release methods, monitoring success.
Reintroduction programmes – controlling factors – legislation, planning; Conservation breeding; relationship between humans and animals; Examination of specific programmes, factors which influence success or failure or programme.
Wildlife as reservoirs of disease – Diseases affecting animals and humans.
Legislation – Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, various species specific legislation

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply knowledge of wildlife species in UK to practical situations
LO2: Utilise a problem solving approach to the care of injured and diseased wildlife
LO3: Critically reflect on the principles of wildlife rehabilitation
LO4: Examine the relationships between humans and wildlife to identify and reflect on the tensions between both groups
LO5: Evaluate reintroduction programmes in the UK