Full Title:Large Animal Medical Nursing
Module Code:NURS S7003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The student will study large animal fluid therapy and the nursing care of farm animal patients.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Assess the hydration status of a large animal and implement an appropriate course of fluid therapy.
  2. Perform a comprehensive clinical examination of a large animal patient
  3. Provide appropriate nursing care to large animal patients with a variety of medical conditions
  4. Aid in the design and implementation of herd health & biosecurity plans.
  5. Assist with the administration of disease eradication schemes e.g. TB, brucellosis and BVD virus.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of the clinical examination of farm animals.
Clinical examination of healthy large animals was covered in the Animal Husbandry module in Stage 1. This module will deepen the students' learning by focusing on the assessment of the animal's health status, the identification of clinical abnormalities and an evaluation of the response to the prescribed treatment.
Review of the routes and methods of medication administration in farm animals.
Consolidation of the methods covered in stage one, prior to work placement during the large animal breeding season.
Large animal fluid therapy
Enteral and parenteral fluid therapy. Differentiation and management of dehydration and hypovolaemia. The use of hypertonic saline solutions. Identification and management of electrolyte abnormalities and acid-base disorders.
Blood, blood products and transfusions in large animals.
Donor selection, aseptic collection, handling, storage and administration of blood and plasma. Identification of transfusion reactions.
Large animal hospital accommodation and hygiene.
Provision of a suitable warm, comfortable and hygienic patient environment.
Assessment and nursing care of farm animal neonates.
Clinical evaluation of neonates and recognition of common and significant conditions affecting these susceptible patients.
Medical nursing of farm animal patients and their common medical conditions.
A systems based approach to common and significant large animal medical disorders.
The principles of herd health and biosecurity, the role of the veterinary nurse in the design and implementation of herd health programmes.
The responsibilities of veterinary nurses in the control of infectious and production diseases.
The role of the veterinary nurse in disease eradication programmes.
Emphasis on the nurse's role in the control of TB, brucellosis and BVD. Other significant/emerging endemic and exotic diseases also addressed e.g. Schmallenberg virus, Bluetongue, FMD.
Overview of the significance of milk and meat withdrawal times in the medical treatment of food animals, nursing care of organically farmed animals.
The responsibilities of the veterinary nurse in avoiding contamination of the human food chain.
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
Written Report A report will be submitted after each practical class to consolidate the content and check for understanding. Marks will also be awarded for pre-practical preparation e.g. videos demonstrating skills on Moodle. A practical skills assessment will be held at the end of the module. 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 Every Week 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 1,3,4,5 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
Students who do not attend the practical classes will be required to repeat attend this 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 Notes will be provided via Moodle beforehand. The lectures will focus on the practical application of the content to the nursing care of large animal patients and the provision of an optimal service to large animal clients. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical The practicals will promote deeper understanding of the course content and support the development of practical skills e.g. administration of fluid therapy, catheter placement, stable bandage application. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading Relevant learning resources will be provided on Moodle. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bassert and Thomas 2013, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th Ed., Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 1437726801]
  • Kristin Holtgrew-Bohling 2015, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 3rd Ed., Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 0323341136]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Holtgrew-Bohling, Kristin J. 2011, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Nurses, Second Ed., Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 0323077323]
  • Victoria Roberts and Freda Scott-Park 2008, Manual of Farm Pets, BSAVA [ISBN: 9781905319039]
  • Corley & Stephens 2008, The Equine Hospital Manual, eBook Ed., Blackwell [ISBN: 9781405130165]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 4 Mandatory