VSC427 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 3 (8)

Cases presented in this subject will be characterised by greater complexity as the prognosis, clinical course of the disease, and sometimes the treatment, must be balanced against the animal's welfare, client expectations, age of the animal and cost of intervention. Acute emergency patients requiring critical care/intensive therapy parallel the pressures placed on a clinician in real practice. Students will also be challenged to take each case on its merit and to ensure that knowledge and skills required for more routine cases are not forgotten.

 The content of the subject will integrate pre-clinical and clinical disciplines. Case material will be augmented by Resource Sessions, which will include highlight lectures. Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 3 will present four PBL packages over a four week period.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC427. 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 Science
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 identify and handle medical cases of increased complexity.
  • be able to compare and contrast the diagnostic approach required for routine cases and that utilized for more complex cases.
  • be able to identify, plan for and reflect on the need for ongoing professional education.
  • be able to devise and implement acute critical care management plans based on available information and prior to a definitive diagnosis
  • be able to manage advanced standards of patient care, including the monitoring and life-supporting therapy of acutely ill, critical care and anaesthetised patients


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Equine Medicine and Surgery
  • 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.


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.