This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Veterinary Medicine, giving a “taster” of courses covered in the first year of a veterinary degree and an idea of what it is like to study Veterinary Medicine.
Please read through the components of this section before starting on the actual course content. Enjoy the course!
Basic Animal Care
In this week, led by Kay Aitchison, we will be looking at animal care. We recommend that you start with the overview reading under the week 1 overview and then work through the core materials. We hope you enjoy the week.
An Introduction to Body Systems Anatomy
In this week, we will look at the anatomy of the body, and the teaching team to guide you through this part of the course are Professor Susan Rhind and Dr Gurå Therese Bergkvist. We recommend that you start with the overview reading under the week 2 overview. For this week we have split the core materials into four sections that we suggest you work through in the order presented.
Veterinary Professional Skills
In this week, we will be looking at Veterinary Professional Skills, and the teaching team to guide you through this part of the course are Rachel Whittington and Dr Jessie Paterson. We are also joined in one of the videos by our colleague Stacy Spielman. We hope you are enjoying the course so far and once again we suggest you start with the week 3 overview and then working through the core materials section.
An Introduction to Clinical Skills
In this week, we will be introducing you to Veterinary Clinical Skills, led by Catriona Bell and assisted by Caroline Mosley. We are also joined in one of the videos by our colleague Neil Hudson. Again please start with the week 4 overview and then work through the core materials as presented.
The Past, Present and Future of Veterinary Medicine
Our final week is led by Andrew Gardiner and he is joined by a number of colleagues including some from our Library here at Edinburgh. This week we turn our attention to the topic of Veterinary History and again we recommend you start with the week 5 overview before working through the core materials. Enjoy our final week.
Jo-Anne Murray, Jessie Paterson, Susan Rhind, Gurå Bergkvist, Andrew Gardiner, Catriona Bell, Kay Aitchison and Rachel Whittington
Donato Rossella completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I took it out of curiosity, as I'm already in the profession, and I'm on the fence about the course. It provides a few introductory lectures about animal care, anatomy, clinical activity and history, which are fairly interesting, but it also left out...
I took it out of curiosity, as I'm already in the profession, and I'm on the fence about the course. It provides a few introductory lectures about animal care, anatomy, clinical activity and history, which are fairly interesting, but it also left out all the difficult sides of the profession (which I think aspiring students _needs_ to know about).
There is a lot of emotional investment in being a Veterinarian, often you have to walk the fine balance between animal's welfare and owner's economic capabilities, or find yourself before some ethical conflicts. This is a moment with a rising attention to vet's issues as burnout, 'compassion fatigue', etc. that mostly stem from the fact our profession is (sadly) not all about animals.
All in all, it is a fun course, maybe a bit of a self promotion from the hosting university (which is understandable and didn't influence my rating), but to me it doesn't deliver on the question: "Do you have what it takes to be a vet?"
I took this course as out of pure casual interest, as I am already in the (human) medical field. Nevertheless, I deeply enjoyed this course and feel that my understanding of common domesticated animals (especially dogs and cats) has increased. This course is recommended for casual learners and those who are thinking of going to the veterinary field. The parallels in clinical approaches between human and veterinary medicine are truly interesting, and the historical perspective is endearing. I realized that with the emerging importance of One Health, (human) physicians should begin to take heed, perhaps, of the unique strengths and coverage of veterinary medicine for medicine and public health purposes.
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course really interesting and useful; a good range of topics were covered, from animal care to the setup of a successful veterinary consultation.
I would definitely recommend this course if you are interested in pursuing a career in the veterinary field, as it gives a good insight into the topics you'll learn about. It's also great if you just love animals and want to know a bit more about caring for them.