UCD Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Medical Nursing, Inpatient Care & Hospital Management (Small Animal)
Medical Nursing, Inpatient Care and Hospital Management (Small Animal)
Total Number of Lectures/Practicals
2005/2006 = 11 hours 41 hours
Yr 1, Blocks 1 & 2 Yr 2, Blocks 1 & 2
Students should review Module 3 for anatomy and physiology of all structures.
Details of topics which are covered in lectures and practical classes or revised by students
Level of knowledge required
Treatment of hospitalised medical patients, including critical care patients
Introduction to clinical exam
basic fluid therapy. Assessment of hydration status from
calculations. Routes of monitoring fluid therapy
of an iv cannula and Psychological needs,
This is taught in more detail elsewhere (5.45- 5.49)
monitoring, patient observations, SOAP, TPR, administration of medicines, pain assessment, care basic kennel and cattery accommodation.
Temperature of recumbent
conversions, patients and
Practical class: Treatment of hospitalised medical patients, including critical care patients
Introduction to basic equipment to include:
Crystalloids and colloids, fluid administration sets including
standard, blood and paediatric/burette, Shown videos of cannula placement in vein in a horse.
extension sets, fluid pump, cannulae etc. the cephalic vein in a dog and the jugular
Techniques for patient comfort, including physiotherapy Exercise as a form of physical therapy. Physical and mental support. Care of
Urinary catheters are taught in 5.6 .
recumbent patients. physiotherapy. Use of
Advantages of physiotherapy.
Use of heat, cold and massage.
Appetite stimulation. Prevention and scalding. Environmental enrichment.
management of decubital ulcers and Nail trimming. Anal sac evacuation.
Alternative therapies for patient comfort Basic principles of homeopathy and acupuncture.