VET340 Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine

Credits (ECTS):1

Course responsible:Ellen Margrete Skancke

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Course frequency:Yearly

Nominal workload:30 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester.

About this course

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 online lectures and case studies.

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.

  • Teaching will occur through online lectures and case studies.
  • Support to learning will be through:

    - Lectures and lecture notes

    - Direct contact with lecturers

    - Prescribed textbooks and scientific articles

    - Case studies 

  • Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program
  • To pass the course, the student must have passed the following study requirements and the exam:

    1.  Presence and participation in all lectures and case studies

    Grading: Pass / fail 

  • All digital lectures and case studies must be completed. 
  • This course represents a collaberation between NMBU and the wildlife section at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.
  • Structured activities: 0900-1600 each day.
  • VET
  • Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program