03811 - Surgical Veterinary Medicine

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student knows the basics of general surgery and the methods of execution for the surgical procedures on the soft tissues most frequently requested in professional practice; is capable of conducting simple surgery as a first surgeon.

Course contents

Competences of a Veterinary surgeon includes ability to perform surgical operations following the rules of asepsis and having the skillness to do them. Goal of the course is giving to the student a specific preparation on instrumentation, suture material properties before knowing the details of the specific surgical techniques.

This course gives to the student the knowledge about basics of surgery (dieresis, exeresis, surgical environments and organization, instrumentation and its proper use, suture material and pattern. The most common surgeries in all the domestic species are explained


Slides on website http://campus.cib.unibo.it

Recommended readings:

Auer – Equine surgery 4th ed. Saunders 2012

Slatter – Small animal surgery, Saunders 2008

Fubini Ducharme – Large animal surgery Lea Febiger 2006

TOBIAS-JOHNSTON - Veterinary surgery: small animal. 2-volume set -Elsevier,2012

Kudnig and Séguin – Veterinary surgical oncology - Wiley-Blackwell 2012

T.W. Fossum – Chirurgia dei piccoli animali - 5th edition _ EV 2021

Teaching methods

    1. academic (frontal) with a general part that includes the description of all the manouvres from the beginning to the end of a surgical intervention and a special part with the description of the most common surgical intervention encountered in the practice.

    1. practical (tutorial supervised or “hands on”)
students are selected in four groups with the same number of hours of practical teaching on 6 topics. Aim of this part of the course is to obtain an individual manual surgical skillness

Assessment methods

The evaluation of this course is included with the other of the Integrated Course n° 03811 Surgical semeiotics and pathology, anesthesiology and general surgery in a single vote.

The evaluation of this course is based on a written test, with 24 questions, open or multiple choice, on all the programme, the same of all the candidates of the day to check the notions, and an oral/practical test to verify the manual ability reached.

Office hours

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