DN301 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) (VTS3)

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This programme will deliver excellence in veterinary education by the advancement and communication of knowledge, research and scholarship, and by the provision of the highest quality care for animals. It is aligned with the academic, societal, global and national needs of both veterinary professionals and veterinary scientists. We value and promote a culture of learning for our students which focuses on wellbeing and community. We encourage our students to become autonomous, lifelong learners so that they can develop their knowledge and skills throughout their professional careers. We continuously endeavour to discover innovative ways to improve the quality of our research, education and patient care, underpinned by an evidence-based approach to veterinary medicine. We aim to provide a stimulating, integrated learning environment that will allow students develop Day One Competences and become ethical 21st century veterinary practitioners meeting the highest standards of professional practice guided by our national and international accreditation bodies. Our programme incorporates a range of teaching approaches in addition to didactic teaching such as: blended learning, work-based learning, group work, online learning and hands-on practicals. 

1 - Access the appropriate sources of data on licensed medicines, prescribe and dispense medicines correctly and responsibly in accordance with relevant legislation, and ensure that medicines and waste are safely stored and/or disposed of
2 - Appropriately collect, preserve and transport diagnostic/research samples
3 - Carry out Veterinary Certification correctly
4 - Carry out appropriate clinical reasoning with prioritisation of clinical problems, selection of the appropriate diagnostic tests and initiation of the appropriate treatment plan or offering referral of the patient where appropriate
5 - Follow correct procedures after diagnosing notifiable, reportable and zoonotic diseases
6 - Handle and restrain all common domestic species safely and humanely, and instruct others in performing these techniques
7 - Minimise the risks of contamination, cross infection and accumulation of pathogens in veterinary premises and in the field
8 - Obtain an accurate and relevant history about an individual animal or animal group, and its/their environment
9 - Perform a complete clinical examination on all common domestic species
10 - Perform and document a basic gross post-mortem examination
11 - Perform ante and post mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain and correctly identify conditions affecting the quality and safety of products of animal origin
12 - Perform basic first aid on all common domestic animal species in an emergency situation and understand the principles of intensive care case management
13 - Perform basic surgical procedures with the adherence to the principles of aseptic technique
14 - Prepare clear case reports and maintain patient health and welfare records in a form satisfactory to colleagues
15 - Recognise when euthanasia is necessary and perform it humanely using an appropriate method
16 - Safely perform sedation, general and regional anaesthesia, implement chemical methods of restraint, and assess and control pain
17 - Understand the principles of herd- health management having regard to animal health, animal welfare and public health standards, seeking advice and assistance where necessary
18 - Use radiographic and ultrasonic equipment which can be used as a diagnostic aid, safely and in accordance with current regulations
19 - Exhibit veterinary professionalism in a range of contexts through effective, compassionate and courteous communication with clients, professional colleagues, and responsible authorities
20 - Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide optimal veterinary care
21 - Act in a professional manner with regard to the veterinary practitioner s professional and legal responsibilities for animal health, welfare and public health, and apply the ethical codes of the appropriate regulatory bodies in the context of ever-changing societal expectations
22 - Review and critically analyse the literature relevant to veterinary medicine to improve clinical practice and decision making in an evidence based approach
23 - Recognise limitations in knowledge and clinical skills and demonstrate awareness of when and from where to seek professional advice, assistance and support
24 - Demonstrate lifelong learning skills to enhance areas of professional competence
25 - Demonstrate comprehensive problem solving skills in a range of veterinary contexts
26 - Identify the fundamental principles underpinning modern management and organisation of a veterinary practice, including regulatory law relating to employment, health and safety, staff and public liability
27 - Demonstrate an understanding of the central biological principles and mechanisms that underlie animal health and disease from the molecular and cellular level.
28 - Demonstrate an understanding of normal function, homeostasis, nutrition, pathophysiology, mechanisms of health and disease of important domestic and foreign animal diseases.
29 - Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the principles of disease prevention and biosecurity.
30 - Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the principles of nutrition, therapeutic intervention, surgery, medicine, anaesthesia, diagnostic methods and interpretation (including diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology and necropsy).
31 - Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the principles of patient management and care including intensive care, emergency medicine and isolation procedures for clinical diseases of individual animals and populations.
32 - Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the principles of welfare, ethics, epidemiology, zoonoses, food safety, the relationship between animals and the environment and the role of the profession in public health and professional healthcare teams.
You can work in mixed, small animal, farm animal or equine practice. You may also obtain further specialist clinical qualifications. Beyond clinical practice, veterinarians play an important role in the protection of public health, in research into diseases of animals and man, and in other areas such as conservation and wildlife protection. While most graduates work in clinical practice, increasing numbers pursue research in public service or private sector research. This reflects the important role of the veterinarian in animal health control and consumer protection. At present there is almost complete employment for veterinary graduates.
Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
VET30330 Cells, Tissues, Organs and Development Autumn 5
VET30360 Neurobiology and structures of the head Autumn 5
VET30420 Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems Autumn 5
VET30430 Animal Behaviour & Welfare Autumn 5
VET30500 Cell metabolism and dynamics Autumn 5
VET30580 Professional and Practical Skills Autumn 5
VET30340 Food animal systems and applied animal breeding Spring 5
VET30350 Practical and applied animal nutrition Spring 5
VET30370 Locomotion and exercise Spring 5
VET30390 Reproductive biology Spring 5
VET30400 Digestive physiology and integrated metabolism Spring 5
VET30440 Abdomen & Pelvis- Topographical Anatomy Spring 5
Stage 1 Core Modules
Stage 2 Core Modules
VET30050 Applied Anti-pathogen & Anti-inflammatory Therapies Autumn 5
VET30520 Professional Growth 3 Autumn 5
VET30560 Veterinary Pathobiology I Autumn 10
VET30570 Veterinary Pathobiology II Autumn 10
VET30130 Veterinary Clinical Gastrointestinal System Spring 10
VET30160 Intro Clinical Med and Surg Spring 5
VET30460 Vet Clin Haemolymphatics Spring 5
VET30470 Veterinary Clinical Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems Spring 10
VET20120 Farm and Companion Animal Experience Summer 20
Stage 2 Core Modules
Stage 3 Core Modules
VET30540 Clinical Reproduction 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 7.5
VET30060 Veterinary Public Health I Autumn 5
VET30080 Veterinary Clinical Neurology Autumn 5
VET30090 Veterinary Clinical Urology Autumn 5
VET30100 Veterinary Anaesthesia Autumn 5
VET30170 Veterinary Herd Health and Population Medicine Autumn 5
VET30450 Veterinary Clinical Endocrine, Metabolic and Dermatology Autumn 5
VET30140 Veterinary Public Health II Spring 5
VET30480 Senses, Exotics & Crit Care Spring 5
VET30530 Clinical Musculoskeletal Sys Spring 7.5
VET30550 Professional Growth 4 Spring 5
Stage 3 Core Modules
Stage 4 Core Modules
VET30260 Clinical Extra-mural Experience 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 40
VET40260 Anaesthesia and Diagnostics Multi Species 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 10
VET40280 Farm Animal Clinical Studies 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 10
VET40290 Small Animal Clinical Studies 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 15
VET40310 Veterinary Elective Rotation 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 5
VET40530 Equine Clinical Studies 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 10
VET40540 Introduction to Surgery and Small Animal Surgery 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 10
Stage 4 Core Modules
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
BHVET004 Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 3 - 30.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours



Second Class Honours, Grade 1



Second Class Honours, Grade 2






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