VETS S7025 - Veterinary Nursing for Exotic Species

Full Title:Veterinary Nursing for Exotic Species
Module Code:VETS S7025
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module focuses on the husbandry, nutrition and restraint of commonly kept exotic species (small mammals, birds and reptiles). It provides an overview of common medical and surgical presentations from a veterinary nursing perspective.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Advise owners and potential owners of exotic species on appropriate pet selection, husbandry and nutrition.
  2. Research the provision of suitable hospital accommodation and optimal nursing care to commonly encountered exotic species.
  3. Describe safe, appropriate techniques for the handling and restraint of common exotic species.
  4. Discuss commonly presented medical and surgical conditions of exotic pets.
  5. Describe the principles of anaesthesia and surgical preparation specific to exotic pet species.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Recognition and identification of exotic species commonly presented to veterinary practice.
Use of the RSPCA Five Freedoms to guide husbandry and nutrition choices (home and hospital).
Advice on suitability of exotic pets (general and specific) in relation to the owner's/ potential owner's lifestyle.
Optimal housing and environmental conditions for various species.
Provision of environmental enrichment for exotic pets in the home.
Normal behaviour in common exotic pet species.
Sexing and reproduction in various species.
Optimal nutrition for various species.
Provision of appropriate hospital accommodation and furnishings for hospitalised exotic species.
Transportation to the veterinary practice.
Health and safety aspects relating to hospitalisation of common species.
Feeding hospitalised exotic species.
Cleaning and disinfection of accommodation.
Routine skin, coat or feather care while hospitalised.
Techniques for safe, appropriate handling and restraint methods of common exotic species.
Routes and sites for medication administration, fluid therapy and collection of diagnostic samples.
History taking and clinical examination: Role of the veterinary nurse.
Commonly encountered medical and surgical conditions: Clinical signs, prevention and treatment.
Zoonoses and appropriate precautions.
Overview of medication used in exotic species including licensing issues.
Preparation of the exotic patient for anaesthesia and pre-anaesthetic procedures.
Peri-operative care of the surgical exotic patient.
Special anaesthetic requirements of exotic patients: Induction, maintenance and recovery.
Preparation of the surgical site in exotic patients.
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 written examination 1,3 20.00 0 0 Week 5 0
Project Poster detailing provision of hospitalised care to a chosen exotic species. Group project which also forms part of the assessment of Office Practice and Teamworking module. 2 30.00 0 0 Week 8 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 1,2,3,4,5 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 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Girling 2013, Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species, 2e Ed., Wiley Blackwell
  • Gosden 2004, Exotics and Wildlife: A manual of veterinary nursing care, Butterworth Heinemann
  • Varga, M., Lumbis, R. and Gott, L. 2012, BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pet and Wildlife Nursing, BSAVA
  • Aspinall, V. 2014, Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing, 3e Ed., Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Meredith and Johnson-Delaney 2010, BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets: A foundation manual, 5e Ed., BSAVA
  • Ballard and Cheek 2010, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 2e Ed., Wiley Blackwell
  • Fraser and Girling 2009, Rabbit Medicine and Surgery for Veterinary Nurses, Wiley Blackwell
  • Cooper et al. 2011, BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 5e Ed., BSAVA
  • Aspinall 2011, The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2e Ed., Saunders Elsevier
  • Bassert, J. and Thomas, J. 2014, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8e Ed., Elsevier
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Banks et al. 2010, Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Agar 2001, Small Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Harcourt-Brown and Chitty 2005, BSAVA Manual of Psittacine Birds, 2e Ed., BSAVA
  • Meredith, A. and Lord, B. 2014, BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Medicine, BSAVA
  • Girling and Raiti 2004, BSAVA Manual of Reptiles, 2e Ed., BSAVA
  • Keeble and Meredith 2009, BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets, BSAVA
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 3 Mandatory