VETERINARY TEAM STUDIES: CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH 1

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is an integrated subject focusing on Functional Animal Anatomy and Physiology, tying this intimately with an appreciation of how they are related to an animal#s state of health. Students will learn in a practical way how to identify, safely handle, and perform a basic health assessment for a range of animal species. They will also begin learning and applying relevant terminology. They will gain exposure to some dissections, and will practice safe tissue and instrument handling. A range of common health related case studies will be examined for each body system, and these will be investigated in groups. As part of this process, common breed anatomical abnormalities and their physiological, health and welfare implications will be considered. This approach will enable students to directly apply key concepts of animal anatomy and physiology to real life scenarios, with the aim of engaging and motivating them owards a deep style of learning, as well as developing a teamwork approach.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDamian Spencer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate the skills required to safely handle and restrain a range of common animal species

Activities:
Intensive 1 week long introduction to safe animal handling and restraint in various animal species. Active learning and Practice carried out at the Veterinary Nursing Skills Laboratory at Epping as well as the farms and equine yards belonging to NMIT. Students will be observed performing specific skills necessary for maintaining their own health and safety as well as animal health, safety and welfare throughout the course.

02. Identify correctly a range of common animal species, breeds and types of relevance to Australian Veterinary Nurses and collate some basic information about a number of them

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops and discussions where students will be introduced and expected to recognise species and breeds relevant to the veterinary nursing industry. Students will be tested using multiple choice questions and short answers as well as tutorial questions where they must answer short questions and tasks providing references, diagrams and solutions.

03. Identify and describe using correct anatomical and directional terminology a range of key anatomical features, locations and positions

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops where students will use live as well as model, simulation and interactive resources to identify key anatomical features, locations and postitions using correct anatomical and directional terminology. Students will work in teams as well as independantly. Students will be tested in class as well as to answer short answer questions and tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Explain how the animal#s anatomy and physiology enables a range of organ systems to function correctly

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops focussing on animal functional anatomy and physiology with a related set of common health case studies for each system in order to apply their understanding. Students will be tested and will need to answer short tutorial questions in order to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Describe which anatomical and physiological parameters need to be considered when initially assessing the basic health of the various major body systems

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops using live animals in some instances primarily to effectively demonstrate which anatomical and physiological parameters need to be considered when performing initial health assessments of animals. Students will be tested using multiple choice formatted questions as well as short answer questions in order to demonstrate their understanding.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Consider the types of methods which may be chosen by a veterinarian to further investigate the anatomical and physiological health of the major body systems

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops and group discussions where students can identify other methods which may be chosen in order to further investigate the health status of an animal and its body systems e.g. ultrasound and radiograghy. Students will be introduced to the idea that the vet will require their assitance in performing these methods. Students will be tested using multiple choice, short answer and tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Explain from an anatomical and physiological perspective: the symptoms displayed by animals in a range of common animal health case studies; and the care and management implications for the veterinary nurse.

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active learning workshops for the students to critically think and identify solutions to common animal and breed abnormalities. Students will work in groups to write a report from an anatomical and physiological perspective on the signs and symptions displayed by animals suffering from common health ailments, and the care and management implications for the veterinary nurse. Students will be required to research using valid and reliable sources, write in an appropriate manner, discuss and critically solve case studies and work collaboratively as a team. Many of the problems identified may be breed specific which will require an appreciation of the ethical considerations and how a nurse must conduct themselves professionally.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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