Course code DYR206

DYR206 Veterinary Nursing and related subjects

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Course responsible: Heidi Rasch Johnsen
ECTS credits: 25
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2014H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Semester: 3 


Introduce pathology and common diseases in the most common domestic species. Basic diagnostic imaging, pre-peri and post-operative nursing, anestesia, pediatrics, obstetrics and general genetics are also included. In conjunction with disease processes nutrition will also be covered.

Learning outcome:

Learning outcomes:

After the end of teaching the students shall:

  • Learning outcomes:
  • Radiology / diagnostic imaging practical and theoretical- positioning, exposure.
  • Obstetrics with a focus on nurses role in recognising abnormalities and owner information and aiding the veterinarian
  • Pediatrics with a focus on the nurses role in caring for neonatal animals and owner/ breeder information
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics with a focus on healthy breeding
  • Common diseases within organ systems with a focus on caring, medicating and managing the patients.
  • Nutrition during disease and other special requirements e.g post-operative patients.
  • Preventive health large animals with a focus on the nurses role in advising clients on hygiene and improving health measures in herds.
  • Fluid therapy and dosage calculations within fluid therapy and medication in general.
  • Anaesthesia and sedation with a focus on the administration of anaesthesia, monitoring, administering, maintaining and post-operative care.
  • Preparing surgical patients
  • Instrumentation- nomenclature, maintenance, hygiene
  • Pain relief- evaluation of surgical patient with regards to care and management.
  • Care of patients pre- per- and post- operative
  • Routines in the operating theatres including preparations and hygiene and waste management.
  • Administration of medication
Learning activities:

Teaching methods and approach

Teaching takes place primarily through lectures, but also demonstrations, practical exercises and time is set aside for some study groups.


Teaching materials and learning:

Most lectures are posted on the student learning platform, some lecturers give hand-outs before the lecture, beyond that the students are requested to study the complete textbook of veterinary nursing and find other relevant literature in the library

Completed 1 year B-DYR
Recommended prerequisites:
Completed 1st and 2nd semesters are required as well as some prior knowledge in the basic care of pets..
Mandatory activity:

There is no mandatory requirement for attendance at lectures, with the exception of lectures on Health and Safety and security procedures when handling horses.

All demonstrations and practical lessons are 100% mandatory, absence must be retaken in the training clinic's opening hours.



Three oral presentations during the semester is a study requirement and assessed to a pass / fail.

In addition, the student must pass a test in medication calculation. This must be 100% correct. The test can be taken until it has been approved. The last try has to be censored no later than 4 weeks before graduation.

The student will normally be permitted to sit the final exam even if all the mandatory teaching is not approved, but credits in the subject will not be awarded until all study requirements are approved and the final examination has been passed.

4 hour on-line exam on the learning platform used. 

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Grading: A-F

Reduction of credits:

Equipment Requirements:

Clinic work clothes and protective shoes for stable work

Examination details: Elektronisk eksamen: A - E / Ikke bestått