Course code DYR206

DYR206 Veterinary Nursing and Related Subjects

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Course responsible: Heidi Rasch Johnsen, Nina Kalis, Nina Hammervoll
ECTS credits: 25
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in the fall semester.
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:


Introduce pathology and common diseases in the most common domestic species. Basic diagnostic imaging, pre-, peri- and post-operative nursing, anaesthesia, emergency medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and general genetics are also included. In conjunction with disease processes nutrition will also be covered. Nursing is an overall topic of the module.

Learning outcome:

Learning outcomes:

After the end of teaching the students shall be expected to:


  • Have sound knowledge of disease processes, diagnostic work-ups and treatment regimes for the most common diseases.
  • Have a sound overview of preventive health measures in production animal medicine.
  • Have sound knowledge of the concepts of asepsis, hygiene and hygiene measures as well as hygiene and disinfectant products and their use. 
  • Sound knowledge of diagnostic modalities and areas of use.
  • Knowledge and understanding of medical calculations.
  • Have a conscious attitude and knowledge of ethical pain relief in animals.
  • Have sound knowledge of anaesthetic drugs, pharmacological properties of the most commonly used drugs, physiological prosesses in the body as a result of the most common drugs and their side-effects.


  • 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-, peri- and post operative
  • Routines in the operating theatres including preparations and hygiene and waste management.
  • Administration of medication.

Generic competencies:

  • Acknowledge own professional limitations with regards to knowledge and skills.
  • The ability to apply the knowledge and skills attained during the module.
  • Have a conscious attitude to own learning processes.
  • Behave professionally with ethical consciousness.
Learning activities:

Teaching methods and approach

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


Teaching materials and learning:

Barbara Cooper, Elizabeth Mullineaux and Lynn Turner (2020). BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. 6th Edition

Most lectures are posted on the student learning platform (Canvas), some lecturers give hand-outs before the lecture, beyond that the students are requested to study reference litterature and find other relevant literature at the library.

Admitted to the bachelor's degree i Veterinary Nursing (B-DYR) and completed first year
Recommended prerequisites:
Completed 1st and 2nd semester 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, preparation for external practice and practical lectures.


Four digital quizzes (60% to pass) during the semester are 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. In order to start the 3rd year of the Veterinary Nursing program, the student must have passed all compulsory activity in DYR206 by August before the start og the 5th semester of the study program. 

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

3 hour online exam on the learning platform used. 

Aids: None

Grading: A-F

Reduction of credits:
Examination details: Elektronisk eksamen: Letter grades