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Unit information: Applied Clinical Veterinary Nursing in 2020/21

Unit name Applied Clinical Veterinary Nursing
Unit code VETS30036
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mrs. Amy Homer
Open unit status Not open

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd year units


All other 4th year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit expands upon the underpinning theoretical knowledge gained within the previous years of study and provides the opportunity to investigate key areas of medical and surgical nursing, anaesthesia and analgesia in more depth. They will reflect upon the clinical nursing they have carried out within their placements and formulate care plan strategies based upon clinical practice and theory taught within the unit.


  • To expand the students knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and management of small animal and equine clinical disease and preventative practice.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this teaching unit, the student should be able to :

  1. Assess the specific needs of patients presenting with medical conditions or undergoing advanced surgical procedures and implement the most appropriate nursing interventions for these patients.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing delivered to a range of patients
  3. Appraise and assess the use of a wide range of diagnostic, surgical and anaesthetic equipment
  4. Analyse, critically evaluate and review the available literature on advanced surgical and medical nursing (including anaesthesia and analgesia) and apply in their nursing practice

Teaching details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Small group working

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

Students must pass the following assessments:

2 hour written examination (80% weighting)

Research Skills group DSE task (20% weighting)

All units must be passed in order to pass this year of study. There will be an opportunity to resit a written examination during the resit period.In addition there will be an opportunity provided to resit the DSE Research Skills task.

Reading and References

Please refer to the central University reading list repository: