Introductory Veterinary Clinical Studies II

This course provides the basic principles and skills which are the foundation of clinical work. It covers the principles of pharmacology which provide the basis for therapeutics, the principles of anaesthesia and the skills required to use anaesthetic equipment, the principles of surgery and the basic skills required, the different methods for imaging animals, with emphasis on radiology and the practical aspects of taking and interpreting diagnostic radiographs.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



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).



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



Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

This course is only available to BVSc Year 3 students. Students will be required to be at Massey University until the end of each semester. The Examination dates posted on the University Website do not include Practical or other SoVS organised examinations, most of which take place after the formal written examination. Travel plans should therefore be made on the basis of being at Massey until the semester end date unless and until the Undergraduate Programme Office advises that an earlier departure date will be permitted.

Attendance at all practical, laboratory, and/or clinical classes is compulsory. Non-attendance, without exemption having been granted, constitutes failure in the course, regardless of marks obtained in assessment procedures. The mid-semester test and final exam are compulsory and have a required pass mark of 50%.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 200-level before enrolling in 300-level courses.

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 Plan safe, effective and legal treatments (including anaesthesia) for common conditions encountered in domestic animals in New Zealand; this includes the correct calculation of drug doses.
  • 2 Set up and check an anaesthetic machine, circuit and monitoring equipment for anaesthetising a healthy animal in common situations. Discuss the suitability of the set up for safe and effective anaesthesia and interpret findings from monitoring of the patient.
  • 3 Explain surgical principles that would maximise the likelihood of a successful outcome and minimise patient risk before, during and after surgery.
  • 4 Demonstrate basic surgical techniques such as sterile preparation, suturing and bandaging.
  • 5 Interpret basic patterns of change in radiographs across all body systems in all common domestic species.
  • 6 Explain the indications for the use of ultrasound, CT and MRI.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 4 5 6 35%
Test 1 2 4 5 20%
Participation 1 2 3 4 5 0%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 5 6 45%
Supplementary 1 2 3 4 5 6 0%

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.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
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.