VSC451 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 4 (8)

Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 4 will be presented in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) format over four weeks based around case packages. It will present complex cases related to companion animals, particularly illustrating the management of complex medical and/or surgical cases in the individual animal. This subject addresses in particular the integration of pre- and para-clinical principles in order to diagnose and treat complicated disease in individual animals.

This subject will assist students to develop skills in researching and applying best-evidence to result in life-long learning.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC451. 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)Students only



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop and refine the differential diagnoses associated with complex presenting complaints in companion animals
  • be able to identify and explain the aetio-pathogenesis of complex conditions of companion animals
  • be able to identify risk factors for the occurrence of complex diseases or conditions in companion animals
  • be able to apply and integrate literacy and numerical knowledge from the pre-clinical and para-clinical disciplines, along with best evidence, to diagnose and manage complex clinical cases in companion animals
  • be able to integrate and act on information regarding client expectations, financial considerations, ethics and welfare specific to complex scenarios in companion animals
  • be able to demonstrate effective collaboration and communication with peers and university staff.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The syllabus that is covered across the companion animal PBL subjects (Companion animal medicine and surgery 1 VSC417, Companion animal medicine and surgery 2 VSC425, Companion animal medicine and surgery 3 VSC427 and Companion animal medicine and surgery 4 VSC451) will require consideration of the following topics in companion species (predominantly dogs, cats and horses):
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Emergency medicine
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Toxicology
  • Haematology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Urinary tract
  • Immune-mediated disease
  • Trauma
  • Preventive medicine
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Opthalmology
  • Dentistry
  • In this subject, these topics will be considered in the context of complex scenarios in companion animals (VSC451).

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC451 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Busy day in practice - online mcq test
Patricia and attila - online mcq test
Super stud assessment- online osce
Inside out cat - online short answer test
Final exam - oral

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.