Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1 (VETS3244)


Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1 is the foundational unit of small animal veterinary medicine and expands on the application of the fundamental principles of Veterinary Pharmacology (VETS3013).
This Unit builds upon concepts of problem-solving and pathological processes explored earlier in the curriculum. It enables integration and application of knowledge learnt in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B (VETS1014, VETS1034, VETS2011, VETS2016), Principles of Disease (VETS2013), Veterinary Microbiology (VETS3040), Animal Disease (VETS3242), Veterinary Pathology (VETS3011) and Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (VETS3013).
Through predominantly case-based teaching, this unit of study enables undergraduate veterinary students to develop clinical reasoning frameworks using the problem-oriented approach to medicine and lays the foundation for practicing as a small animal clinician. Further, this unit integrates veterinary pharmacology, enabling the development of specific therapeutic plans for small animal patients based on fundamental principles and evidence-based medicine.
Assessment: Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1 includes assignments that provide students with the opportunity to develop foundational skills in clinical examination of the small animal patient, intra-semester evaluations and an end of semester examination.

Further unit of study information


Intensive tutorials and case-based learning activities up to 80 hours


physical examination assignments (10%); examinations (40%); 1 x final examination (50%)


VETS3244 Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1 Unit of Study Guide.
Recommended reading available from the University of Sydney Library: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine Expert Consult, 7th Edition. By Stephen J. Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM and Edward C. Feldman, DVM, DACVIM

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Unit of study rules


Satisfactory completion of semesters 1 to 5 of the BVSc

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.