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Unit information: Equine Practice 2 in 2019/20

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Unit name Equine Practice 2
Unit code VETSM0053
Credit points 70
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Lucy Meehan
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

Equine Practice 1

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

This unit will develop students’ clinical skills in equine veterinary surgery and allied fields through exposure to clinical cases in a specialist veterinary hospital. In this unit students will rotate through specialities; equine orthopaedic surgery (13 weeks), equine soft tissue surgery (13 weeks).

In order to maximise case exposure a single student is allocated at any one time per specialism. The rotations are split into blocks of 2-6 weeks. A period for assessment for learning will be provided at week 5 and week 11 of a rotation. The order of the rotations is designed to spread the workload over the course of the year and balance night and weekend work. For this reason, specialities from Unit One will be intermingled with specialities from Unit Two. Hence this unit will run for 12 months to allow each student to complete all specialisms within this unit.

The aim of this programme is that students will consolidate and build upon existing clinical knowledge and skills from their UG programme, and prior professional practice (for example the RCVS Professional Development Phase) in equine veterinary medicine and allied fields. The consolidation is necessary for them to maintain their knowledge and skillset. In order to ensure that both consolidation and the learning of new skills occurs students will need a high level of exposure to clinical cases. This will be achieved through full time immersion in clinical rotations. When all compulsory Units for this PG Diploma are taken into consideration this will result in a higher than standard number of hours of student input and this is reflected in total credit points for this PGDiploma being more than the standard 120. This will allow students to be properly equipped with the required knowledge for entry into the University of Bristol’s MSc in Veterinary Practice or similar programmes (ie analogous to senior clinical scholars) at other vet schools. Students will apply their knowledge and skills to the effective treatment and care of a range of clinical cases under the direction of veterinary specialists.

Attendance at weekly journal clubs and radiology rounds will form a mandatory part of this unit and will provide additional supporting clinical and scientific knowledge.

Students will be introduced to the concepts of evidence- based veterinary-medicine and its application to their clinical practice by producing an Evidence-based review based on a clinical question identified during the rotations included in the Unit. Students will be supported by academic staff and web-based teaching material for this.

Intended learning outcomes

Veterinary undergraduates are taught to achieve ‘Day one competency’, the minimum standard required for registration with the RCVS, and the starting point for a practising veterinary professional.

The aim of the PG Dip in Veterinary Clinical Practice is to develop greater knowledge and understanding of equine practice.

Overarching learning outcomes for both units include:

Consolidation of the day one level of competency in practical skills, knowledge and understanding of common conditions

Increased levels of knowledge and understanding to include less common conditions and those seen at referral veterinary practice

Observation of more advanced diagnostic techniques and procedures employed in referral veterinary practice

Specific learning outcomes within the Unit:

  • Be able to create a surgical checklist for soft tissue procedures (accurately name and describe the procedure, antibiotic protocol that applies, complications and ancillary measures)
  • Be able to describe appropriate post-operative management and prognosis of a variety of simple and complex soft tissue surgery conditions
  • Be able to identify and prioritise which surgical procedure is most appropriate in cases with multiple morbidities and assess possible complications
  • Be able to perform and interpret a lameness investigation and identify abnormalities. Perform and interpret further diagnostics to identify the cause
  • Select and use the appropriate techniques to monitor patients during general anaesthesia, be able to analyse and evaluate any commonly encountered abnormalities and be able to manage these appropriately.
  • Identify appropriate analgesic treatments for pain of different severities and interpret and evaluate their effect.
  • Be able to apply your knowledge of both normal anatomy and pathophysiology of disease to recognise and interpret radiographic abnormalities and critically evaluate the clinical relevance of any abnormalities in relation to clinical examination and other diagnostic tests.
  • Be able to create a surgical checklist for orthopaedic procedures (accurately name and describe the procedure, antibiotic protocol that applies, complications and ancillary measures)
  • Be able to describe appropriate post-operative management and prognosis of a variety of simple and complex orthopaedic surgery conditions
  • Be able to identify and prioritise which surgical procedure is most appropriate in cases with multiple morbidities and assess possible complications

Teaching details

Journal club 45 min per week, Imaging rounds 30 min per week

Students will be on clinics full-time during the week while on rotation. We expect much of this time will be consolidation of prior undergraduate learning / day one level of competency. Direct contact which contributes to learning new techniques and greater knowledge and understanding while on clinical rotations will be approximately 20 hours a week.

Independent study reading round subject 4 hour/ week

Preparation and writing of Evidence based-review 50 hours

Contact Hours Per Week

22 hours/week average direct contact

Student Input

Breakdown of notional total student input (To include number of contact hours, independent learning, assessment, other activities)

This unit will take place over 25 weeks

Contact hours including MCQ Exam 550 hours

Independent study 100 hours

Evidence based review 50 hours

When combined with the second Unit on this PG Diploma it results in a total credit point of 140. This is higher than the standard expectation of 120 and this is justified within the paperwork above.

Assessment Details

Assessment Outline

Clinical competency 3 x mini-CEX or CbD During second half of rotations
Practical skills Reflective log-book Throughout rotations
MCQ 25 questions delivered on-line June
Evidence-based review 1 June

Reading and References

Equine Orthopaedic Surgery

Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse

By McIlwraith, Wright and Nixon, 4th ed, Mosby, ISBN:978-0723436935

Equine Fracture Repair

By Nixon, 1st ed, Saunders, ISBN:978-0721667546

Diagnosis and management of lameness in the horse

By MW Ross and S Dyson, 2nd ed, Saunders, ISBN:978-1416060693

Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery

By Hinchcliff, Kaneps and Greor, 2nd ed, Saunders, ISBN:0702047716

Equine Soft Tissue Surgery

Equine Surgery

By Auer and Stick, 4th ed, Elsevier/Saunders, ISBN:978-1437708676

Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia

By Taylor and Clarke, 2nd ed, Saunders Ltd, ISBN:978-0702035142

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