Referral Medicine (UVTHS) (VETS5346)


In this unit of study interns will consolidate the theory of small animal internal medicine (as learnt in VETS3244 Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics 1) and apply it to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in small animal patients.
Abundant case-material will be provided to enable hands-on application of the problem-orientated approach to veterinary medicine.
In this rotation, emphasis will be placed on acquiring excellent skills in history taking, advanced physical examination and routine veterinary procedures eg. venipuncture, blood pressure measurement. Interns will be given ample opportunities to hone their client communication skills and will participate in a variety of interactive tutorials with referral medicine clinicians. Interpretation of diagnostic imaging scans and clinicopathological test results will be an integral part of the rotation. Cases will form the basis of interactive collegiate discussions on identification and assessment of problems and construction of treatment plans on a patient-by-patient basis. Interns will become proficient in professional case-handover procedures through daily presentation of cases at clinical rounds.
As in other UVTHS rotations, interns will participate in other hospital activities including collection of samples for diagnostic tests, developing treatment plans, routine health management, disease management, management of patients in hospital, medical record keeping, intensive care duty and weekend duty.

Further unit of study information


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Intrasemester: Supervisor Report Form. Case-log. Case-record submission. Case-presentation at clinical rounds. Veterinary literature exercise.


Handbook for Intramural Rotations

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Successful completion of years 1-4 of the BVSc

Additional Information

Departmental permission required

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.