Skip to main content
Unit of study_

SA Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging - VETS5364

This unit of study consists of a 4-week placement in Small Animal Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney (UVTHS). Two weeks are spent in Referral Surgery and two weeks in Diagnostic Imaging. During this unit of study, student interns will be under the day-to-day supervision of UVTHS veterinarians, nurses and administrative staff, the Unit of Study Co-ordinators, the UVTHS Practice Co-ordinator (rosters and absences) and the Hospital Superintendent. Unit of Study Aims/Goals: This unit of study provides student interns with the opportunity to practise skills and apply knowledge gained in previous units of study, in a general and referral practice setting. It builds on knowledge from prior units of study and expects that all student interns will demonstrate a broad understanding of the context of veterinary practice and be capable of applying skills in information literacy and written and oral communication. The key focus of this unit of study is to enable student interns to practise and be given formative assessment in clinically-relevant techniques such as physical examination, diagnostic sample collection, medical record keeping, basic surgical techniques, critical analysis of information from different sources, analysis of case-related information, development and implementation of treatment plans and evaluation of outcomes. In addition, student interns will gain an appreciation of the importance of client-veterinarian-patient and veterinarian-colleague interactions from the moment the client makes an appointment through resolution of the presenting problem and beyond. The interaction between first opinion and referral services, and support services such as anaesthesia, and clinical pathology will also be emphasized. During the Diagnostic Imaging Sub-rotation student interns will apply knowledge gained in VETS4134 (Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging). During this sub-rotation, students are expected to obtain radiographic images of the thorax, abdomen, axial and appendicular skeleton of small animals. They are also expected to be able to perform a basic ultrasonographic exanimation of the canine or feline abdomen and to determine the appropriate imaging modality required to adequately assess a region of interest. Additionally, students will apply previous knowledge by identifying radiographic signs of common diseases in small animals, creating lists of differential diagnosis and communicating these findings to peers. Students will need to have a satisfactory grade for both the Surgery and Imaging components of the Unit of Study to achieve an overall satisfactory (pass) grade for the whole Unit of Study. Description of the Surgery Part of the Unit of Study: Surgical Rounds - Morning Rounds 8.30am sharp: Surgery tutorial room Student interns should come prepared to answer questions regarding all aspects of management of patients in their care and answer questions from their peers and UVTHS staff. Surgical Discussion Surgery tutorials are conducted by members of the surgery team throughout the placement. Times and lengths of the tutorials depend on work load. Student interns are also encouraged to prepare and present a short presentation of an important surgical topic to their group and a member of the surgery team. Online Surgical Challenges and Quizzes. 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. Four cases are activated each week, and these are found on Sydney eLearning. Log onto Sydney eLearning and go to the Small Animal Surgery Site. Open the Small Animal Surgery Folder and click on the Surgery Challenge folder. Student interns should ensure that they have reviewed the 4 cases (either together or as a team) prior to the orthopaedics tutorial at the end of the week (often Thursday afternoon). Preparing for and attending this tutorial should improve interns' competence in: Collating historical information and findings of a thorough physical examination to formulate a problem list, Developing a diagnostic plan and interpreting diagnostic aids, Establishing a diagnosis, Development of therapeutic plans and discussion of their implementation and likely outcomes, Spey clinic - Spey clinic is held once a week (currently Tuesdays). Students will perform speys and/or castrates on client owned animals under supervision. Description of Diagnostic imaging part of the Unit of Study: Imaging tutorials - Imaging tutorials will take place once a week and will be conducted by Helen Laurendt and Kathy Hughes. These tutorials will be focus on principles of image formation of diagnostic radiology, diagnostic ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Imaging Rounds - Monday to Friday, 8:00am: Radiology reading room Student interns should be prepared to present and discuss the imaging studies acquired the day before. Students should be prepared to discuss imaging techniques and to put imaging findings in the context of the overall case workout. Imaging Presentations - Imaging Presentations will take place during the last day of the Imaging rotation. Student interns will be required to present one of the cases they have worked on during their rotation. Emphasize will be placed on communication of imaging findings, interpretation and differential diagnosis. Students will be encouraged to follow the case presentation with a short literature review.

Classes
4 week practicum

Assessment
Students must achieve satisfactory grades in all assessment tasks in both Small animal Suregy and Diagnostic imaging. Assessment includes the Supervisor Report Form, Written report and Communication task

Textbooks
Small Animal Surgery. Fossum T (ed). 4th Edition. Mosby, 2012. Veterinary Surgery Small Animal. Tobias KM and Johnston SA (eds). 1st Edition. Volume I and II, Elsevier 2012. Thrall, Donald E. 2012. Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition. Saunders

Pre-requisites

successful completion of BVSc Year 1-4

Prohibitions

VETS5348

Details

Faculty: Science

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Fifth Year
Credit points: 5.0
EFTSL: 0.104
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Science

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Fifth Year
Credit points: 5.0
EFTSL: 0.104
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Mariano Makara
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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 undertake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.