This unit of study aims to consolidate the theory of small animal internal medicine and apply it to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and to providing routine health care prophylaxis to companion animals. It aims to provide case-material to facilitate application of the problem-orientated approach to investigative medicine. In this rotation emphasis will be placed on acquiring appropriate skills in history taking, advanced physical examination, including (but not restricted to) abdominal palpation, thoracic auscultation (including murmur identification, grading and localisation and respiratory auscultation), fundoscopy and non-invasive blood pressure measurement. Interpretation of 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 on a patient-to-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 and medical record keeping. Learning Resources Medicine Rounds Clinical Rounds commence at 8.30am sharp Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the feline tutorial room and cage-side in feline or canine ICU at 4pm on Thursday and Friday. Clinical Rounds are an important mechanism by which interns may demonstrate both their problem orientated approach to medicine and their communication skills with colleagues, during succinct 5 to 10 minute presentations. Where cases include diagnostic imaging, interns should review the films and present them. Medicine Tutorials Medicine tutorials will be conducted by members of the medicine and primary care teams throughout the rotation. Tutorials will include routine health prophylaxis, practical skills tutorial and selected topics in internal medicine. On-line case materials Students will participate in on-line learning through case studies accessed via Virtual Practitioner. These case studies have been designed to allow student interns to work through clinical problems at their own pace and during times that they are not otherwise occupied with clinical duties.
4 week practicum
A satisfactory grade for both referral medicine and primary care components of the unit of study are necessary to achieve an overall satisfactory grade for this unit of study. Rotation performance and communication task is assessed using the supervisor report. Written assessments including case log, discharge statements, night plan, cases assessments and critical review of the literature. Communication task: A 5 to 7 minute presentation on a commonly encountered medical condition. Topics to be decided in week 1 of the rotation.
Veterinary Internal Medicine. Ettinger. S, Feldman N, 7th Edition, Elsevier 2011, Volumes 1 and 2. On-line resources available through the University of Sydney Library: Web-of-Knowledge data-base Access to current journals including but not restricted to: 1. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 3. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 4. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 5. Veterinary Microbiology 6. Veterinary Parasitology
successful completion of BVSc Year 1-4Prohibitions
VETS5345 or VETS5346