Full Title:Small Animal Medical Nursing
Module Code:NURS S7004
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to provide optimal nursing care for small animal patients in the veterinary practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Provide optimal nursing care to hospitalised canine and feline patients.
  2. Assist the veterinary practitioner and client in the prevention and management of medical conditions in canine and feline patients.
  3. Administer fluid therapy under the direction of a veterinary practitioner.
  4. Administer medical treatments to canine and feline patients using a range of techniques.
  5. Discuss the use of complementary therapies in canine and feline patients.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Procedure for canine and feline clinical examination
Planning, performing and recording results.
Review of history taking
Common procedures during veterinary consultations in which veterinary nurses play a role
Nail clipping, ear cleaning, anal gland evacuation
Correct methods of medication administration by a variety of routes.
Emphasis on commonly used routes: Oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and various topical routes.
Review of restraint techniques for medication administration.
Blood sampling methods and restraint techniques.
Design of nursing care plans and the importance of individual patient care.
Feline friendly practice
Making the veterinary practice more cat friendly
Selection and preparation of suitable hospital accommodation for patients with a range of clinical presentations.
Specific nursing care of hospitalized animals according to medical condition.
Specific nursing care according to patient lifestage.
Preventative medicine emphasising vaccination protocols in dogs and cats.
Nursing care of the oncological patient
Role of the veterinary nurse in diagnosis, management and end of life care.
Fluid therapy plans
Types of fluids commonly used in small animal practice: Crystalloids, colloids and blood products. Calculation of fluid volume and flow requirements in dogs and cats. Priming an infusion set.
Use of infusion pumps, syringe drivers, burettes and dial flow infusion sets.
Monitoring patients receiving fluid therapy.
Blood transfusions
Donation, compatibility testing, transfusion and monitoring.
Nutritional assessment of hospitalised patients and indications for assisted feeding.
Indications; types of enema solution; methods of administration
Urinary catheterisation
Techniques for placement in male and female dogs and cats; patient monitoring.
Explanation of complementary therapies.
Use of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and acupuncture in dogs and cats.
Emphasis on the role of the veterinary nurse in assisting rehabilitation involving these techniques.
Full clinical examination of live dogs, recording and reporting of data.
Correct use and maintenance of thermometer, stethoscope, ophthalmoscope and auroscope.
Medication administration using model animals and other inanimate specimens.
Completion of hospital records using case studies.
Placement of intravenous catheters in model animals.
Fluid therapy administration:
Priming fluid administration sets, flow rate calculations, monitoring fluid therapy, blood transfusions.
Placement of urinary catheters using model animals; Use of a Higginson's syringe for the provision of enemas.
Assisted feeding techniques.
Provision of oxygen therapy and medication of the cardiorespiratory patient.
Practical skills exam.
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
Class Test Midterm class test 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical class attendance, participation, OSCE task performance and assignment completion 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 Every Second 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 1,2,3,5 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.

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 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Aspinall, V. 2014, Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing, 3e Ed., Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Cooper et al. 2011, BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 5e Ed., BSAVA
  • Aspinall 2011, The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2e Ed., Saunders Elsevier
  • Wuestenberg 2012, Clinical Small Animal Care - Promoting Patient Health through Preventative Nursing, Wiley Blackwell
  • Bassert, J. and Thomas, J. 2014, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8e Ed., Elsevier
  • Agar 2001, Small Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Lindley and Watson 2010, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Rehabilitation, Supportive and Palliative Care, BSAVA
  • Orpet and Welsh 2011, Handbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2e Ed., Wiley Blackwell
  • Sirois 2011, Principles and Practice of Veterinary Technology, 3e Ed., Mosby Elsevier
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cannon and van-Forster Hijfte 2006, Feline Medicine: A Practical Guide for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians, Elsevier
  • Schmeltzer and Nosworthy 2012, Nursing the Feline Patient, Wiley Blackwell
  • Bowden and Masters 2003, Textbook of Veterinary Medical Nursing, Butterworth Heinemann
  • Hotston Moore and Rudd 2008, Manual of Canine and Feline Advanced Veterinary Nursing, 2e Ed., BSAVA
  • Aspinall V. and Aspinall, R. 2013, Clinical Procedures in Small Animal Veterinary Practice, Saunders Elsevier
  • Merrill 2012, Small Animal Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, Wiley Blackwell
  • Mullineau and Jones 2007, BSAVA Manual of Practical Veterinary Nursing, BSAVA
  • Pattengale 2009, Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, 2e Ed., Wiley Blackwell
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Veterinary Ireland Journal Various nursing articles
  • BSAVA Companion Various articles
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 3 Mandatory