Course code VET340

VET340 Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine

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Course responsible: John James Debenham
ECTS credits: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN, 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: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Vet 340 consists of two independent modules; Wildlife Medicine and Exotic Pet Medicine. Wildlife Medicine will look at the important aspects of health and disease of wildlife, with a focus on the Nordic ecosystems. The aim is for students to understand wildlife medicine on a population level, however some time will be spent at the individual level i.e. wildlife rehabilitation. Exotic Pet Medicine covers birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents and ferrets. The aim of this module is to equipe students with the basic skills and knowledge to be able to treat these animals in clinical practice. Teaching will be through interactive lectures, case studies and group work.
Learning outcome:

Wildlife Medicine:

- Understand the link between wildlife health, human health, domestic animal health and ecosystem health

- Be familiar with the important diseases affecting wildlife in the Nordic ecosystems

- Understand the steps involved in wildlife disease investigations

Exotic Pet Medicine

- Be familiar with the basic anatomy and physiology of the common exotic pets

- Understand the link between hubandry and health

- Have a basic knowledge of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the common diseases seen in exotic pets.

Learning activities:
Teaching will occur through a mix of interactive lectures, case studies and group work.
Teaching support:

Support to learning will be through:

- Lectures and lecture notes

- Direct contact with lecturers

- Prescribed textbooks and scientific articles

- Case studies 

Textbooks, scientific articles and other relevant material will be provided closer to the commentcement of the course
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
All course work from Monday to Wednesday is considered compulsory. Teaching on Thursday and Friday is voluntary, and will consist of a more in-depth look at the concepts examined from Monday to Wednesday.

To pass the course, the student must have passed the following study requirements and the exam:

1.  Presence and participation in all lectures, group assignments and case studies

2. Pass mark in the group assignment

3. Pass mark in the 30 minute multiple choice exam

Grading: Pass / fail 

Nominal workload:
30 hours
Entrance requirements:
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program
Type of course:
Structured activities: 0900-1600 each day.
This course represents a collaberation between NMBU and the wildlife section at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.
Knut Madslien, who will also be lecturing during the course, will act as an external sensor for the marking of the group assignments and multiple choice exam.
Examination details: Obligatorisk oppmøte og deltakelse: Bestått / Ikke bestått