Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 2 (VETS4132)


In this unit of study, students will continue to develop their skills in problem solving, diagnosis and therapeutics through a case based study of body systems. Students will further refine their ability to collect data appropriate for a case (history and physical examination), evaluate medical cases through a logical; evidence based diagnostic approach and determines the appropriate approach to therapeutics.
This unit of study includes dermatology in small animals and briefly exotics. A logical diagnostic approach to dermatological diseases is emphasised, and diseases grouped and compared based on their major clinical presentations. Appropriate use of, maximising yield from, and correct interpretation of diagnostic tests is also emphasised, and reinforced in practical classes. Therapeutic options after confirmation of diagnosis are discussed. Case studies are worked through in tutorials to reinforce the need for a sound and logical diagnostic approach to all skin diseases. This unit of study also includes medicine of caged birds, reptiles and small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats/mice). A wide range of avian species will be covered including water fowl, psittacine and passerine birds. The collection and analysis of clinical, necropsy and clinicopathologic information to investigate bird and flock problems is addressed. The course will cover the anatomy and physiology of reptiles and small mammals applicable to clinical examination and common problems encountered in practice in Australia.
This unit of study also includes gastrointestinal (GIT) medicine, covering common GIT diseases and stressing the importance of a logical diagnostic approach to disease.
This unit of study integrates vertically with Veterinary Pharmacology and Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1, Animal Disease and Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and horizontally with Large Animal Health and Production.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 33 hrs; practicals: 15 hrs; tutorials: 4 hrs


intra-semester: 1 x examination (15%); end of semester: 1 x examination (60%); other: 1 x exotics assignment (10%); 1 x derm cytology practical examination (5%); 1 x derm tutorial performance (10%)


VETS4132 Unit of Study Guide. Blackboard contains detailed information and notes.

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Unit of study rules


Satisfactory completion of semesters 1 to 6 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.