VSC417 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 1 (8)


The diagnosis of clinical disease in companion animal species is based on patient history, signalment, and the results of physical examination and ancillary diagnostic tests. This information is analysed and underpins diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. Making a Decision is the theme for this subject which will explore the complexity of this process in companion animal practice. Like other Companion Animal subjects, VSC417 will be presented in a Problem-Based Learning format over a four week period.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC417
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in:
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify factors which contribute to clinical decision making in companion animal practice.
  • be able to use their clinical reasoning skills to implement a diagnostic plan for a range of cases, interpret the results of ancillary diagnostic tests, implement appropriate therapeutic/management interventions, assess the response to treatment and develop preventative strategies to ensure the health and wellbeing of the animal(s).


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Small Animal Medicine
- Small Animal Surgery
- Equine Medicine and Surgery
- Avian Medicine and Surgery
- Medicine and Surgery of Wildlife and Exotic Species
- Anaesthesia
- Animal Welfare
- Case Management
- Clinical Pathology
- Communication
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Economics and Business Management
- Epidemiology
- Ethics
- Immunology
- Jurisprudence
- Microbiology
- Nutrition
- Obstetrics and Reproduction
- Parasitology
- Pathology
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Physiology
- Preventive medicine
- Public Health and Biosecurity
- Toxicology Content covered by each case will be rigorously mapped against CSU Veterinary Graduate Attributes and traditional clinical curricula followed at other Veterinary Schools. In addition, preclinical subject material relevant to the cases presented (for example pathology, microbiology, etc) will be reinforced (if previously covered) or extended, as appropriate for the cases presented.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.