SAMS 515 Veterinary Physical Diagnosis I

(1 cr.) (Didactic 0.33 cr./Laboratory-PBL 0.67 cr.)

This course is a follow-up to Veterinary Clinical Orientation LAMS 502 and consists of a combination of didactic, hands-on and problem-based learning sessions focusing on small animal patients. This course expands the basic physical examination to include specialty examinations including orthopedic, neurologic, dermatologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and ophthalmologic exams.

The course reinforces skills such as restraint and handling, and also introduces topics such as injection skills, communication skills, clinical reasoning, medical record keeping, and literature review. The laboratory exercises are tailored to provide the veterinary student with the opportunity to practice medical exams that are commonly performed in the everyday clinical setting.

Use of the SGU Simulation laboratory allows students a more in-depth experience with abdominal palpation, auscultation of cardiac arrhythmias, murmurs, and abnormal respiratory noises as they relate to commonly observed clinical case presentations.