UCD Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Medical Nursing, Inpatient Care & Hospital Management (Small Animal)
Details of topics which are covered in lectures and practical classes or revised by students
Level of knowledge required
Year tau ht
Common diseases of the musculo-skeletal system Brief review of structure and function of the skeletal system. radiological signs and treatment of metabolic diseases of bone:
hyperparathyroidism. diseases of bone:
Causes, radiological signs and treatment of non-metabolic
(metaphyseal) osteopathy, panosteitis, craniomandibular hypertrophic osteopathy, Legge-Calve-Perthes disease.
Common diseases of the musculo-skeletal system
Bones - Importance of suitable diet for growing and adult animals. Balance of calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin D and Vitamin A Joints - Causes, radiological signs and treatment of joint diseases: osteo-arthritis (acute and chronic), osteochrondrosis, degenerative joint disease Muscle - Causes, signs and treatment of muscle diseases: myositis, tendonitis Long term treatments for lameness (including neutraceuticals and analgesics). Nursing care, medical management and monitoring of the patient with musculo- skeletal disease.
Relevant nutritional management is taught in 5.51-5.52
Fluid therapy Definitions: ion, cation, anion, electrolyte, osmosis, osmotic pressure, isotonic solution, hypotonic solution, hypertonic solution.
Fluid therapy - calculation of deficits Water loss from the body. Maintenance the degree of fluid deficit: case history, blood, plasma protein, measurement of
requirements for water. Assessment of
laboratory tests: packed specific gravity of urine. of fluid and electrolyte
cell volume of Clinical signs.
Distribution and control of body water is introduced in Anatomy & Physiology, Yr 1
Distribution of water within the body.
Fluid therapy – acid base balance Maintenance of pH in the body.
Causes of metabolic acidosis,
alkalosis, respiratory acidosis, respiratory alkalosis. Collection arterial sample. Use of information obtained from sample.
metabolic storage of