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Veterinary Science

227.106 Veterinary Biochemistry 15 credits
An introductory biochemistry course covering the fundamental concepts of protein structure and function as well as metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids. The focus will be on energy transactions in a physiological context including glucose homeostasis and muscle metabolism in mammals. A lecture and problem-based tutorial course will be complemented by case studies relevant to animal health and disease.
227.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare for Veterinary Science 15 credits
An introduction to common ethical frameworks for animal use with a focus on domestic animal species. Principles of the behaviour and welfare of domestic animal species. Theory of safe and effective animal handling.
227.108 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy 15 credits
An overview of the anatomy of domestic animals. Following an introduction to the general principles of anatomy, the structure and function of each major organ system is considered at a basic level, with an emphasis on veterinary clinical relevance.
227.109 Introduction to Veterinary Physiology 15 credits
An introduction to body systems as they apply to veterinary science. Foundational principles of physiology are examined and applied to multiple systems and situations, including clinical veterinary problems.
227.110 Farm Practical Training 0 credits
A practicum during which students will learn practical skills for working with livestock, farm safety and understanding farm-level agricultural economics. Modules on Health and Safety and handling of Agrichemicals useful for practical placements are also provided.
227.212 Animal Production for Veterinarians I 15 credits
Introduction to animal nutrition (monogastric and ruminant), including feed analysis and feed requirements. Pastoral livestock production systems, including the growth and management of pasture as an animal feed. Animal genetics and breeding.
227.215 Animal Production for Veterinarians II 15 credits
Ruminant production systems (including dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, deer); application of knowledge related to nutrition, growth, reproduction, genetics, lactation and management of young and adult stock.
227.221 Veterinary Structure and Function I 15 credits
This course follows on from the anatomy and physiology courses in BVSc1 (227.108 and 227.109). Together these courses consider the relevant aspects of the structure and function of domestic animals.
227.222 Professional Practice 15 credits
An introduction to the clinical and professionalism components of being a veterinarian, including obligations to self, colleagues, clients, the profession and the animal. Skills in basic clinical examination, recording, interpretation and communication of findings in common species of domestic animals will be covered.
227.223 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science I 15 credits
This is the first in a series of integrative and contextualising courses that extends through years 2 to 4 of the BVSc programme. A case-based approach to the integration of concurrent and previous veterinary learning will be undertaken at a level appropriate to that of a second-year veterinary science student. Students will be encouraged to develop their clinical reasoning skills and professional competencies through the analysis of a broad range of clinical situations.
227.224 Veterinary Structure and Function II 15 credits
This course follows on from both the anatomy and physiology courses in BVSc1 (227.108 and 227.109) and 227.221 (Structure and Function I). Together these courses consider the relevant aspects of the structure and function of domestic animals.
227.225 Veterinary Infectious Diseases 15 credits
An introduction to the viral and bacterial pathogens of animals. Further development of the principles of epidemiology, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of veterinary importance. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and control of bacterial and viral diseases, with an emphasis on diseases endemic in New Zealand, economically important diseases and zoonoses. Principles of the functioning of the immune system and development of immunity following infection or vaccination.
227.226 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science II 15 credits
This is the second in a series of integrative and contextualising courses that extends through years 2 to 4 of the BVSc programme. A case-based approach to the integration of concurrent and previous veterinary learning will be undertaken at a level appropriate to that of a second year veterinary science student. Students will be encouraged to develop their clinical reasoning skills and professional competencies through the analysis of a broad range of clinical situations.
227.310 BVSc Farm Practical Work 0 credits
In this course students will undertake farm work in cattle, sheep, horse and other livestock industries. Students will develop practical animal skills, and skills in observation, identification, analysis and communication.
227.311 Farm Animal Population Health and Production 22 credits
The role of the veterinarian as a key agricultural advisor. Causes and investigation of sub-optimal health and production in farmed species, focusing on groups of animals rather than individuals. Relationships between farm management, husbandry, productivity, health and welfare. Treatment and prevention of sub-optimal health and production, including consideration of costs and benefits.
227.312 Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases 19 credits
A further course in Veterinary Infectious Diseases that covers the bacterial, fungal, helminth, arthropod and protozoal pathogens of animals and their role in infectious disease and zoonosis. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and control of infectious diseases. Zoonoses and the role of the veterinarian in veterinary public health.
227.313 Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology I 21 credits
General pathology. Anatomic and clinical pathology of body systems, including pathophysiology, gross and microscopic lesions. Interpretation of necropsy and laboratory test results (including haematology, serum biochemistry, urinalysis, serology, histology and cytology) for the diagnosis of disease. Specimen collection and handling, test selection, and performance of basic laboratory tests.
227.314 Introductory Veterinary Clinical Studies II 16 credits
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.
227.316 Companion Animal Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics I 18 credits
This course covers aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of common and important medical and surgical conditions of companion animals.
227.317 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science V 12 credits
This course is the fifth in a series of integrative and contextualizing studies that will extend through Years 1 to 4 of the BVSc programme. A case- and problem-based approach to the integration of concurrent and previous veterinary learning will be undertaken at a level appropriate to that of a third year veterinary student. This course will particularly focus on the interaction between therapeutic substances and disease states, alongside the development of professional behaviours. Students will be encouraged to develop a variety of problem solving strategies and professional competencies through the analysis of a broad range of clinical situations.
227.325 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science IV 12 credits
This course is the fourth in a series of integrative and contextualising studies in the BVSc. Students will identify problems related to veterinary science and investigate these through direct (e.g. field studies) or indirect (e.g. literature) research, at a level appropriate to a third year veterinary student. Students will develop problem solving strategies and professional competencies, including scientific writing.
227.410 BVSc Veterinary Practical Work 0 credits
During this course, students will undertake practical work in external veterinary practices under the supervision of a registered veterinarian, to develop clinical skills and gain experience of client-based veterinary practice.
227.411 Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology II 16 credits
Further study of anatomic and clinical pathology of additional body systems which builds upon and extends information given in Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology I. Pathophysiology, gross and microscopic lesions. Interpretation of necropsy and laboratory test results (including haematology, serum biochemistry, urinalysis, serology, histology and cytology) for the diagnosis of disease. Specimen collection and handling, test selection, and performance of basic laboratory tests.
227.413 Cattle Health, Production, Population Medicine and Therapeutics 12 credits
This course covers the medicine, surgery, management and productivity of beef and dairy cattle. The aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the restoration of animals to normal levels of productivity.
227.414 Companion Animal Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics II 25 credits
A further course covering the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of common and important medical and surgical conditions of companion animals. The application of surgical and anaesthetic principles in teaching laboratories is designed to develop competence in simple elective surgical and anaesthetic procedures.
227.416 Integrative Studies in Farm Animal Production Medicine 12 credits
Integration of veterinary medicine and whole farm systems. Farm management and production systems and the relationship between management systems, productivity and patterns of disease. The development of health and production programmes to minimise disease and maximise animal production.
227.418 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VII 12 credits
This capstone course is the final in a series of 7 courses in integrative and contextualizing studies that have extended through Years 1 to 4 of the BVSc programme. A case- and problem-based approach to the integration of concurrent and previous veterinary learning will be undertaken at a level appropriate to that of a pre-final year veterinary student. This course will particularly focus on the professional abilities of students, and their ability to synthesise heuristic 'illness scripts' and other intellectual shortcuts based upon the precepts of diagnostic reasoning. Students will be encouraged to develop a variety of problem solving strategies and professional competencies through the analysis of a broad range of clinical situations.
227.425 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VI 12 credits
This course is the sixth in a series of integrative and contextualising studies in the BVSc. A case- and problem-based approach to the integration of concurrent and previous veterinary learning will be undertaken at a level appropriate to a fourth year veterinary student. Students will develop problem solving strategies and professional competencies through the analysis of a range of clinical situations.
227.431 Companion Animal Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics III 10 credits
This is the final of a series of three courses in BVSc3 and BVSc4 that cover aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of common and important medical and surgical conditions of companion animals.
227.432 Equine Clinical Studies 15 credits
An overview of common equine diseases and preventative health programmes. This course covers aspects of equine medicine, surgery, lameness, reproduction and pharmacotherapeutics, with an emphasis on a diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the sick or abnormal horse.
227.433 Medicine and Surgery of Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians 6 credits
An introduction to the principles and applications of medicine and surgery of birds, reptiles and amphibians including wildlife, companion animals and backyard flock or collections.
227.511 Veterinary Clinics and Public Health 120 credits
Tuition, demonstration and clinical experience in surgery, anaesthesia, medicine, epidemiology and theriogenology of domestic animals; health and management of production animals; diagnostic procedures, including imaging, necropsies and laboratory tests; and diagnostic reasoning. Professional ethics and legislative obligations to the public and state; the role of veterinary professional organisations and veterinarians as communicators and educators, veterinary business management and the maintenance of physical and mental fitness as a veterinarian. Principles and practical applications of veterinary public health, meat hygiene and quality assurance programmes to meet national and international standards will also be taught. Opportunities for students to gain further experience in chosen areas of interest.