Integrated Foundations Course Objectives

(April 27 edition)


Students will:
  1. through the use of clinical case presentation format, learn the underlying principles of the pre-clinical science disciplines which include
    • anatomy,
    • biochemistry,
    • physiology,
    • microbiology,
    • pathology and
    • pharmacology.
    This teaching method will ensure students find the material relevant and therefore can recall and use the information to diagnose and treat clinical conditions.

  2. make diagnoses which use pre-clinical science information in a way which ensures a seamless transition across disciplinal boundaries.

  3. learn basic animal handling skills as well as clinical examination, history taking, and data collection procedures which ensure important information comes not only from the patients' symptoms but also from the client.

  4. learn to use diagnostic tools such as stethoscopes and microscopes and to interpret information derived from radiographs, electrocardiograms and advanced imaging techniques.

  5. learn to perform a physical examination on common species and be competent in rudimentary veterinary clinical skills such as blood and urine collection and clinical pathology techniques (blood smears).

  6. learn basic medical terminology, how to conduct a routine post mortem examination including sample collection, preservation and submission and how to communicate results to the client.

  7. learn to describe how to prepare a surgical pack, clean and sterilize a tissue site and do a simple surgical procedure such as suturing a skin wound.

  8. integrate information from the case history, diagnosis, understanding of disease processes and pathology to managed cases in the best interests of the patient and client.

  9. articulate the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug action to ensure drugs selected for cases are safe and effective.

  10. evaluate the collateral impact of drug therapy and other case management methods within the context of the target animal or animal population (e.g. antibiotic residues and withdrawal times, drugs used in animal athletes).

  11. outline the concepts of drug-receptor interaction and describe how these concepts can explain drug effects on specific body systems as well as the entire body.

  12. have a general knowledge of provincial and federal government regulations concerning transport, slaughter, import and export of animals and know where to access such information in written form or by referral to a competent resource person.


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