This core undergraduate course is provided to students of the 9th and 10th semesters (5th year of the undergarduate curriculum). Esentially, it includes the participation of the students in the Outpatient Section Service (OSS) of the Companion Animal Clinic (Unit of Medicine)and in the operation of the Farm Animal Clinic (CFA, Kolchiko Ladaga) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University οf Thessaloniki, during the week days (9.00 am to 2.00 pm). In addition, they participate actively in the round the clock hospitalization service of the Companion and of the Farm Animal Clinic (Monday to Sunday) and also visit farms.
Upon the successful completion of the course, students are anticipated to be able to:
1. Take a comprehensive history, perform a meticulous physical examination and perform basic diagnostic manipulations (e.g. blood and urine sampling, lymph node aspiration)in a diseased animal.
2. Elaborate a realistic, problem-oriented differential list and pick the most relevant diagnostic examinations to establish a final diagnosis.
3. Communicate efficienly with the owners of the animals as well as with scientists of other veterinary disciplines.
4. Propose the safest and most cost-effective treatment approach and suggest preventive strategies for diseased and healthy animals.
5. Provide evidence-based information pertaining to public health considerations of diseases with zoonotic potential.
6. Approach diagnostic problems relating to all animals of a farm, carry out the necessary examinations and to take the necessary samples to investigate these problems and propose to the farmers the most sustainable ways of dealing with them.
Course Content (Syllabus)
While joining the OSS and the CFA, the students have the oportunity to handle several clinical cases, mostly of diseased dogs,cats, sheep and goats, working on elaborating a diagnostic and therapeutic plan tailored to the animal's presenting complaint. Apart from the diseased animals, students handle healthy animals admitted for the implementation of preventive medical services (e.g. formulation of vaccination and antiparasitic strategies). A clinical case assignment to a student entails the history taking, the completion of the medial record of the animal (including the electronic archiving of the case), physical examination, implementation of the indicated diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations and evenually, the prescription and provision of specific instructions to the owners germane to the treatment and possibly the prevention of the entity affecting their animals. During the clinical case handling, the students are assisted by a veterinarian (prostgraduate trainee), under the responsibility and further assistance of at least one faculty staff member. Hospitalization service includes the formulation and implementation of a disease-epecific treatment plan and specific instructions enhancing the effective monitoring of the treatment outcome.
Dog, Cat, Sheep, Goat, Diagnosis, Treatment
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
«Saunders Εγχειρίδιο Κτηνιατρικής των Μικρών Ζώων», 3η έκδοση, Mendor editions SA, εκδόσεις Ροτόντα, 2008.
"Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice, 3rd Edition" (translated in Greek language)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, 2nd ed., Day M, Cohn B (Eds), BSAVA, 2012.
2. Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 4th ed., Greene E (Ed), Saunders, 2012.