Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 1 is an introductory course that builds on a number of pre-clinical Units of Study including physiology, pharmacology, anatomy and physics; and it precedes a more species-based approach to clinical issues. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 1 develops skills in two key areas of Clinical Science. This Unit of Study is designed to impart basic principles and skills in both anaesthesia and surgery of small and large animal species. The course comprises a series of lectures and tutorial/practical classes, as well as an online component. Within the scope of Veterinary Anaesthesia the course teaches students about the planning and implementation of safe and humane anaesthesia for small and large animals. It incorporates the principles of modern veterinary anaesthesia and covers patient assessment; pre-anaesthetic preparation; patient monitoring; different anaesthetic agents and techniques for different species; equipment used in anaesthesia; and managing common anaesthetic complications. In addition to lectures and practical classes, participation in the neutering clinic gives students the opportunity to perform anaesthesia in a patient and as such includes pre-anaesthetic patient assessment, developing a plan for anaesthesia and pain management, administration of anaesthesia, monitoring the anaesthetised patient as well as managing recovery from anaesthesia. Within the scope of Veterinary Surgery the course addresses the principles and practice of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery in companion and large animals using an integrated, systems and problem-orientated approach. Practical classes provide instruction and practice in basic techniques and procedures such as wound closure, biopsy, laparotomy, dentistry, and other common surgical procedures. Participation in the neutering clinic gives students the opportunity to perform recovery anaesthesia and participate in castration and ovariohysterectomy procedures. Students are expected to achieve a level of understanding and capability at the end of this unit of study that will enable them to progress into Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 2.
lectures: anaesthesia 15 hrs, surgery 28 hrs; practicals: anaesthesia 9 hrs, surgery 18hrs; tutorials: anaesthesia 2 hrs
intra-semester: Anaesthesia: 1 x examination (20%); Surgery: 2 x examinations (15%), practical class assessments (5%) end of semester: Anaesthesia: 1 x final examination (30%); Surgery: 1 x final examination (30%)
VETS4133 Unit of Study Guide. Blackboard contains detailed information and notes.
Satisfactory completion of BVSc Years 1 to 3