118755

Clinical Pathology in Small Animal Practice

The principles of clinical pathology in dogs and cats for veterinary graduates. It includes the indications, application and interpretation of haematological, biochemical, urine, cytological and special testing of dogs and cats.

Course code

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118755

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

700-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

Clinical pathology is invaluable in reaching a diagnosis, planning a treatment protocol, monitoring progression of disease, assessing response to therapy, and determining prognosis. The aim of this course is to strengthen your understanding of clinical pathology, improve your practical skills in basic in-house diagnostic evaluations and enable you to make sound decisions in patient management.

For detailed information about this and other distance courses in this programme see http://mvm.massey.

Expected prior learning

This course is available for practicing veterinarians throughout the world to study extramurally (by distance) as a single course or as component of a part-time Master of Veterinary Medicine or Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science.

Restrictions

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The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe the clinical pathological changes associated with disease seen commonly in primary (non-specialist) veterinary practice in dogs and cats and discuss the pathogenesis of these changes.
  • 2 Choose diagnostic tests based on a systematic understanding of the effects of physiological and disease states on laboratory findings, taking into account interactions and artifacts. Effectively use clinical pathological tests to support or refute diagnoses and plan management of dogs and cats with diseases seen commonly in primary (non-specialist) veterinary practice.
  • 3 Prepare cytological preparations that are free from artifact and suitable for interpretation. Recognise common inflammatory and neoplastic changes in cytological samples from dogs and cats. Recognise the presence of microorganisms. Describe and interpret blood and bone marrow films. Recognise the significant morphological abnormalities in a blood film.
  • 4 Evaluate the benefits and limitations of in-clinic and commercial laboratory analysis. Develop quality control protocols for in-clinic laboratory analyses using equipment commonly found in general veterinary practice. Demonstrate and justify quality control procedures to other veterinary and lay staff.
  • 5 Collate and present clinical information to a standard suitable for scientific publication. Develop and justify approaches to the use of clinical pathology in canine and feline practice with reference to the scientific literature.
  • 6 Effectively incorporate peer feedback and personal reflection to improve clinical practice.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 4 20%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 40%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 40%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Compulsory

VETERINARY HAEMATOLOGY AND CLINICAL CHEMISTRY, AND CYTOLOGY

Author
EDITED BY MARY ANNA THRALL, GLADE WEISER, ROBIN ALLISON, AND TERRY CAMPBELL.
ISBN
9781119286400
Edition
(2022) THIRD EDITION
Publisher
VETERINARY MEDICINE WILEY-BLACKWELL, IOWA;

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