Full Title:Surgical Nursing 2
Module Code:VETS S7026
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide the student with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare for and assist during common surgical procedures. Students should also be able to provide effective nursing care to postoperative patients.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse specific perioperative considerations for common surgical procedures.
  2. Apply the principles of intraoperative surgical assistance with reference to common surgical procedures.
  3. Discuss post operative patient care and the management of complications
  4. Discuss and apply the principles of wound management & coaptation techniques.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative nursing considerations specific to individual surgery types
Positioning, Aseptic preparation, Specialised instrumentation, Duties of the surgical assistant, Wound management, Surgical drains, External coaptation, Complications etc.
Nursing considerations for patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery:
Internal fixation, External fixation, Cranial-cruciate ligament repair, Total hip replacement, Arthroscopy, Arthrotomy, Luxations, External coaptation
Nursing considerations for patients undergoing surgery of the reproductive system:
Orchidectomy, OHE, Pyometra, Caesarian section, Neonatal care
Nursing considerations for patients undergoing surgery of the urinary system:
Renal biopsy, Nephrectomy, Ureterotomy, Ectopic ureter repair,cystotomy, cystostomy, FLUTD
Nursing considerations for patients undergoing surgery of the perineum, rectum and anus
Enemas, Colonic lavage, Stool softeners, Positioning, Rectal polyps,Anal sacculectomy, Perianal fistulae, Rectal prolapse
Nursing considerations for patients undergoing surgery of the gastrointestinal system
Foreign bodies, Oesophagotomy, GDV, Exploratory laparotomy, Resection and anastomosis, Enterotomy, Surgery of the colon, Typhylectomy etc.
Nursing considerations for hernias and ruptures
Umbilical, perineal & inguinal hernias; Incisional hernias etc.
Nursing considerations for oncological surgery
Tumours, Biopsies, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Amputations, Chemotherapy
Nursing considerations for aural surgery
Aural haematomas, Pinnectomy, Lateral wall resection, VECA, TECA, Bulla osteotomy
Nursing considerations for ophthalmic surgery
Prepartation of the patient for ophthalmic surgery, Entropion, Ectropion, Enucleation, Corneal ulceration etc.
Nursing considerations for neurological surgery
Appropriate nursing care, Paralysis, Paresis, Myelography, Hemilaminectomy etc.
Nursing considerations for surgery of the respiratory system
Management of chest drains; thoracotomy; Diaphragmmatic hernia etc.
Nursing considerations for large animal surgeries (ovine, caprine, bovine, equine)
Caprine: cornuectomy and descenting; All species: Castration, Urolithiasis, Caesarean section; Bovine: Surgery of the rumen, LDAs and RDAs, Surgery of the hoof and digit; Equine: Ovariectomy, Caslicks, Rectovaginal laceration, Cryptorchidectomy; Ruptured bladder
Pre-operative nursing
Aseptic preparation, positioning and draping of model animals or cadavers for specific surgeries, Selection of instruments for specialised surgical kits
External coaptation
Application of dressings, bandages, casts and splints to live animals, animal models and/or cadavers.
Cutaneous suturing
Further development of this skill using cadavers
Physical rehabilitation
Physiotherapy; Massage etc.
Practical skills examination.
OSCE style, individual student examination
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Weekly 3 hour clinical skills development practicals with marks allocated to attendance, pre-practical preparation and post-practical written assessments. Also two, individually assessed, 'OSCE' style examinations (each worth 2.5% of total mark) 1,2,4 35.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Class Test MCQs and short answer questions with negative marking 1,2,3,4 15.00 0 0 Week 9 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
If the student does not complte the practical training, they will have to repeat attend the module.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Revision of material 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • McCurnin (ed) 2010, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 7th Ed., 27,28,29,30,31,32,34, Saunders, Elsevier [ISBN: 9781416057000]
  • Martin, C. & Masters, J. 2006, Textbook of Veterinary Surgical Nursing, 1st Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 9780750688130]
  • Tear, M. 2011, Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts, 1st Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 9780323077354]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mann, F., Constantinescu, G. & Yoon, H. 2011, Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery, 1st Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 0781761182]
  • Busch, S. 2005, Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts, Mosby, Elsevier [ISBN: 9780323030632]
  • Hoad, J. 2006, Minor Veterinary Surgery: A Handbook for Veterinary Nurses, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 9780750688079]
  • Fossum, T 2007, Small Animal Surgery, Third Ed., Mosby [ISBN: 9780323044394]
  • Swaim, S., Renberg, W. & Shike, K. 2011, Small Animal Bandaging, Casting and Splinting Techniques, Wiley Blackwell Iowa, USA [ISBN: [ISBN: 0813819628]]
  • Auer, J. & Stick, J. 2011, Equine Surgery, 4th Ed., Saunders [ISBN: 978-1437708677]
  • Weaver, A.D., Jean, G. & Steiner, A. 2005, Bovine surgery and lameness, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1405123822]
  • Pugh, D. & Baird, N. 2011, Sheep and Goat Medicine, 2nd Ed., Saunders [ISBN: 978-1437723533]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 6 Mandatory