VSC425 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 2 (8)

Although the management of disease in companion animal species is often considered a sequential process of diagnosis and then treatment, the temporal separation of these two phases may not always be possible, or desirable. VSC425 will provide students with the opportunity to explore more complex medical, surgical and anaesthetic principles than previously encountered. The capacity of the practice setting in which the case is presented and / or the options for patient referral may be factors in some cases presented in this subject.

Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 2 is run over 4 weeks of the semester and includes 4 PBL packages, PBL Tutorial Sessions and weekly lectures.    The content of the subject will integrate pre-clinical and clinical disciplines.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC425. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe appropriate strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease in companion and exotic animals
  • be able to describe how to respond appropriately to medical, surgical and anaesthetic emergencies in companion and exotic animal species;
  • be able to demonstrate clinical reasoning underpinning advanced patient care;
  • be able to explain the aetio-pathogenesis of companion and exotic animal diseases;
  • be able to apply and integrate knowledge from the pre-clinical and para-clinical disciplines; physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, pathology and parasitology, to aid in the diagnosis and management of clinical cases; and


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Medicine and Surgery of Wildlife and Exotic Species
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Equine Obstetrics and Reproduction
  • Equine Medicine and Surgery (Neonatal)
  • Content covered by each case is 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.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.