Clinical Training in Companion Animals

Course Information
TitleΚΛΙΝΙΚΗ ΑΣΚΗΣΗ ΣΤΑ ΖΩΑ ΣΥΝΤΡΟΦΙΑΣ / Clinical Training in Companion Animals
FacultyHealth Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorIoannis Savvas
Course ID200000785

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Ktīniatrikīs (2020-2021)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course742

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours87
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Required course. Seventh semester students are eligible to take this course. Includes daily clinical training in the facilities of the Companion Animal Clinic (Teaching Hospital) (ie, outpatient section and hospitalization wards).
Learning Outcomes
1. Thorough history taking and well-organized patient recording system 2. Collaborate smoothly with other veterinary medicine students and faculty members as a member of the team of a veterinary clinic or hospital. Sufficient knowledge to search for and critically understand scientific literature 3. Thorough clinical examination, evaluation of the clinical findings and proper collection of clinical samples (eg, blood, urine, lymph node or skin lesion specimens). 4. Proper interpretation of the results provided by the selected diagnostics 5. Adherence to the principles of the evidence-based medicine for the proper selection of the treatment approach 6. Familiarization with the safe and effective operation of companion animal hospitalization wards
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Veterinary students of the 9th and 10th semesters are rotating daily, including weekends and holidays, on round-the-clock, on-duty shifts in the hospitalization wards of the Companion Animal Clinic (CAC,Companion Animal Medicine, Surgery, and Intensive Care Unit, respectively). Students of the 7th and 8th semesters are rotating on 12-hour on-duty shifts in the same facilities. All students receive clinical training in the outpatient sections of the CAC, in internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, obstetrics, intensive care, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, equine medicine, exotics, and clinical pathology. The students are trained as members of a scientific team (including postgraduate trainees, MSc students, PhD students and faculty members), in safe handing and efficient clinical examination of companion animals, diagnostic specimen sampling, and interpretation of results. Involvement in the vaccination schedule planning and administration of vaccines is also part of the training.
dog, cat, exotic animals, handling, clinical examination, sampling, therapeutic drug administration, diagnosis
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
  • direct contact with animals
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Clinical Practice
Student Assessment
Students are eligible to take the final practical examinations after the completion of the 4-semester (7th-10th) clinical training, in the form of a practical examination focusing companion animal handling, clinical examination, lab- and x-ray results interpretation and therapeutic approach. Additional random clinical case analysis by oral examination. On the day of the final examination, an updated student logbook should be demonstrated by the student.
Student Assessment methods
  • Clinical Examination of Patient (Summative)
  • Final oral/practical examination at the end of the 5th year
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εγχειρίδιο BSAVA Ιατρική της Γάτας (μεταφραστική επιμέλεια Τ. Ράλλης) Eγχειρίδιο BSAVA Ιατρική του Σκύλου (μεταφραστική επιμέλεια Τ. Ράλλης) Εγχειρίδιο Χειρουργικής μικρών ζώων (Karen Tobias, επιμέλεια: Λ. Παπάζογλου) Εγχειρίδιο BSAVA Αναισθησία και Αναλγησία του Σκύλου και της Γάτας
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