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Unit information: Animal Systems and Professional Life 2 in 2020/21

Unit name Animal Systems and Professional Life 2
Unit code VETS30039
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Dickson
Open unit status Not open

Pass in Animal Systems and Professional Life 1



School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit will use case-based learning, scaffolding lectures / seminars and practical classes to build on the foundation knowledge and understanding of the topics introduced in Animal Systems and Professional life (ASPL 1) Key professional skills namely: communication skills; professional conduct, ethics and law; business management; study, learning and critical investigation skills; and health and safety which are integral to this unit. The systems-based approach which was employed in ASPL 1 will be continued in this unit and students will cover the integrated structure and function of healthy body systems, the ways in which animals can be managed and the impact of management on their health and welfare. The pathological processes that cause disease and the ways in which diseases can be diagnosed, treated and controlled will be covered.Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of the agents of disease, the management and prevention of diseases and the implications of animal disease on food safety and human and global health. Students also develop their knowledge and understanding of key aspects of animal welfare law and its application. Diseases that impact on public health; food safety and human and global health will be highlighted. Clinical reasoning skills will continue to be developed using the case-based learning format. The unit includes the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques (including clinical pathology and imaging), actions and use of drugs in the treatment and prevention of disease, and basic practical, clinical and physical examination skills. In the second term the unit introduces systems-based clinical science teaching incorporating pathology, medicine, surgery and therapeutics across the common domestic species, and the implications for veterinary public health and food safety continue to be highlighted.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this unit students will be able to:

Apply their knowledge of the structure and function of body systems for common domestic species and will be able to explain the relationships between the systems, the clinical relevance of this knowledge and the application to the live animal

Explain the care, management and handling of major species of veterinary importance

Describe the scientific basis of the body’s response to disease, immunology and general pathology and explain how these changes relate to clinical presentations

Identify the major microorganisms and pathogens of animals covered within this unit, explain the diseases they cause, the mechanisms by which they cause disease, their modes of transmission, epidemiology, control and their importance to veterinary practice and public health

Describe and apply the principles of laboratory recognition for the identification of a wide range of veterinary pathogens and the laboratory diagnosis of clinical episodes of infectious disease

Recognize the impact of animals on human health and well-being, the zoonotic diseases that humans contract from living animals and from eating animal-derived products, and the role of vets in assuring food safety

Recognize the broad implications of veterinary public health, the economic significance and impact of animal disease on human well-being, the veterinary surgeon’s role in control and eradication of disease, the legal responsibilities and the implications for transnational disease and global health

Describe the main aspects of both farm and small animal welfare law in the UK applicable to the veterinary profession

Discuss how farm assurance schemes operate and identify stakeholders involved in decision making in this and similar welfare/ethical situations

Show an understanding of the integration between cause, effect and prevention of disease as applied to individuals, groups and populations

Employ a logical approach to searching for and evaluating research

Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication in a professional environment. Self-reflect on good and bad practice in relation to communication.

Describe the principles of professional conduct, ethics, welfare and law and explain their impact on veterinary surgeons, farmers and animal owners in the context of their work individually and when operating as a business.

Apply health and safety principles to demonstrate safe working practices in agricultural, laboratory and veterinary settings.

Explain the principles of anaesthesia and diagnostic techniques including clinical pathology and imaging

Describe the action of drugs upon the body and explain the use of drugs in the treatment and prevention of veterinary disease

Identify how to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent the common medical and surgical diseases of common domestic species covered in this unit

Employ a logical approach and basic clinical reasoning skills to solve clinical cases and problems as applied to individuals, groups and populations

Demonstrate basic clinical and physical examination skills

Identify the implications of clinical scenarios for veterinary public health

Teaching details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Case-based learning; facilitated small group activities

Scaffolding Lectures

Practical classes

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

Students will be required to complete a portfolio. The portfolio will include a reflective learning diary, team assessments of behaviour and examples of coursework (range of formative and/or peer-marked). The portfolio will be must pass.

Students will also complete summative communication skills coursework (5%), a research training DSE report (5%), public health coursework (5%) and microbiology coursework (5%). All coursework is must pass.

Formative Assessment.

Students will sit a formative mid-sessional examination.

End of Unit Examination.
This will comprise:
Exam - multiple choice examination. (40%)
Exam - short answer questions. (40%)
Clinical Skills OSCEs (must pass)

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Animal Systems & Professional Life 2 is a requirement for progression into year 3 which is the 4th year of the standard 5 year BVSc programme. Clinical skills OSCEs must be passed before entry into year 3. OSCEs from ASPL1 must be passed before entry into year 3.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the end of unit examination during the Faculty re-sit period. Marks from coursework (20%) will be carried forward to the re-sit. Students will be given an opportunity to resit any failed, must-pass, coursework in order to achieve the passmark for the coursework.

Summary of Summative Assessment in the Unit

Exam - MCQ weighting 40%

Exam - SAQ weighting 40%

Coursework - portfolio (must pass)

Coursework - research DSE (weighting 5%) (must pass)

Coursework - communication skills (weighting 5%) (must pass)

Coursework – public health DSE (weighting 5%) (must pass)

Coursework – microbiology (weighting 5%) (must pass)

OSCEs (must pass)

Reading and References