VETERINARY CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH B

VET1AFB

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject builds on learning in Animal Form, Function and Health A with a continued examination of the functional anatomy and physiology of body systems. Topic areas, including fluid regulation and thermoregulation, will also be introduced where students will integrate the body systems into a whole animal perspective. Case studies will be used to explain an animal's overall physiological response to a number of diseases, and to assist students to further develop their collaborative problem solving skills. Through their Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement, students will continue to assist with the care and management of animal patients, including assisting within veterinary teams to assess, undertake diagnostic tests and nurse patients. The WIL placement will enable students to see the relevance of the subject to real-world veterinary practice.  






SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and must have passed VET1AFA.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians, 3rd ednPrescribedColville, T & Bassert, J (2016)Elsevier
ReadingsLaboratory manual for clinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians, 3rd ednPrescribedColville, T & Bassert, J (2016)Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and explain, using anatomical, directional and physiological terminology, the key anatomical features, locations, positions, and physiological functions of key organ systems in different species

Activities:
Students undertake readings and watch videos to learn about the anatomy and physiology of a number of body systems. During weekly workshops, students work together in teams to identify a range of anatomical features on a number of different species using animal models, virtual dissections and some tissue dissections. They also discuss how these systems function physiologically in living animals.

02. Explain from an anatomical and physiological perspective, the signs displayed by animals in a range of common animal health conditions

Activities:
Student teams work on regular case studies during their workshops. They are given common health conditions which involved the organ system being studied that week, and some information on the signs displayed by the patient. They then work together to explain using an evidence base, why the animal is displaying those particular signs.

03. Advise owners of the appropriate basic care and management of common animal health conditions

Activities:
Student teams are required to submit formal case study assessments, and as part of this students use the "animal abilities model" to help create an individualized care plan for the animal to share with the owners.

04. Integrate knowledge of the functional anatomy and physiology of individual body systems into a whole animal perspective

Activities:
Students undertake readings and watch videos on thermoregulation and fluid regulation in the body. During their workshops, the tutor leads a class discussion into how an understanding of these two homeostatic mechanisms of the body require many body systems to integrate together to function correctly. Teams then work through common case studies where an animal's body temperature and/or hydration levels are compromised, and consider how the body systems work together in order to stabilize these factors.

05. Demonstrate effective team work with peers by working constructively and collaboratively on group tasks

Activities:
Student teams work together on case study assessment tasks. During the workshops, the tutors guide the student cohort through the importance of assigning clear roles within the team, frequent and supportive communication, and allowing enough time for editing to ensure a cohesive final submission. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their own contributions and that of each of their peers within the team.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"WIL Placement"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 x 5 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% each Weeks 2-12 20 01, 02, 03
3 x In class tests (total 2000 words equivalent)Individual exercise Multiple choice and short answer format Three tests - 10%, 25 minutes, 400 words equivalent - 2 x 20%, 50 minutes, 800 words equivalent 50 01, 02, 03
12 min Team Oral Presentation (400 words equivalent/student)Oral presentation by group of 4 students (3 minutes/student) Prepare and present to the class on the anatomy and physiology of an assigned area / organ system 10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Team Animal Care Report and oral presentation (total 800 words equivalent/student)Team of 4 students Written Case Study report (10%, 400 words) - Group prepares a written report summarizing in a tabulated form, the signs displayed by animals in a case study of common animal health condition; how the condition impacts on the animals anatomy and physiology from a system and whole animal perspective, and the basic care and management advice for owners (from an abilities perspective).20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05