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Unit information: Clinical Veterinary Science 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Clinical Veterinary Science 2
Unit code VETS30031
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Sorrel Langley-Hobbs
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 3


All other units in BVSc 4

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Clinical Veterinary Science 2 (CVS2) is the second unit in the Clinical Veterinary Science theme. It builds upon and extends the knowledge and understanding of the management and prevention of disease in individuals, groups and populations established in the Clinical Veterinary Science 1 unit. In this theme, clinical case management, advanced problem solving and clinical reasoning skills are developed. The CVS2 unit continues the systems-based teaching across the common domestic species, companion and food animals, and exotics, incorporating pathology, medicine, surgery and therapeutics and implications for veterinary public health and food safety. Lectures are complemented by case-based learning in small and large groups and through independent study. The unit will continue to develop students’ capacity for lifelong learning and foster an understanding of the importance of basic science in clinical practice.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Identify how to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent common medical and surgical diseases of common domestic and exotic species
  • Employ a logical approach and basic clinical reasoning skills to solve clinical cases and problems as applied to individuals, groups and populations
  • Demonstrate fundamental skills for clinical and physical examination
  • Analyze the implications of clinical scenarios for veterinary public health

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Facilitated small and large group activities, including case-based tasks
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Details

End of unit examination: Students will sit an examination at the end of the unit consisting of written/computer-based papers. These will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Clinical Veterinary Science 2 unit, interpretation and problem solving, and diagnostic and reasoning skills. Students will be expected to draw upon their underlying knowledge from the Clinical Veterinary Science, Animal Disease and Animal Health Science themes.

Formative assessment: Students will have formative assessment in the unit for example questions presented in lectures (e.g. using TurningPoint) and / or available online via Blackboard. Students will receive guidance and feedback on questions. Students are required to keep a log of clinical examinations completed in Extra Mural Studies (EMS).

The overall unit mark is made up of:

End of unit written/computer-based examinations:

  • Short answer questions (SAQs) – 50%
  • Multiple choice questions (MCQs) – 50%

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

Passing Clinical Veterinary Science 2 is a requirement for progression to Year 5.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations during the resit period.

Reading and References

Please refer to the central University reading list repository