Veterinary Internal Medicine 1 (VETS9005)


Students will be rostered to consult with the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney (UVTHS) Medicine Service, primarily on first opinion cases. Students will be supervised closely by a veterinary specialist in small animal, feline or canine medicine or by a referral medicine registrar. Students will participate in the daily consultation, diagnostic investigation and treatment of primary accession cases. They will receive further training in problem-oriented medical case-solving and in diagnostic procedures on a case-by-case basis. Case investigation and management will be discussed on a daily basis at medicine rounds with colleagues in the medicine unit and with clinical instructors. Students will present cases at weekly specialist medicine rounds where academics, external specialists and other practitioners attend. They will participate in weekly medicine journal club, appraising and critiquing literature relevant to small animal medicine. This unit aims to re-inforce the principles of internal medicine as applied to the diagnostic investigation and therapy of disease in small animals. It focuses on implementation of the problem-oriented approach to medicine: defining the problems, identifying systems involved, localising lesions and identifying possible pathogenetic mechanisms of disease. It aims to show how application of this approach facilitates correct diagnosis and lays the foundation for advanced studies in internal medicine.

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On-going assessment of performance (40%); submission of a detailed case log that will be assessed by a Board (10%); 45 minute viva voce interview (25%); individual assignment (25%).


Ettinger SJ. Feldman EC. eds. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Vol 1 & 2. Missouri: Elsevier Saunders 2005

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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.