VET-10009 - Professional Skills and Academic Practice
Coordinator: Nuria Terron Canedo
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module is the first in a stream which develops a students professional skills. The module establishes the concept of evidence based medicine, and the relative value of different types of evidence. It also starts the student on their life long journey of professional development by introducing the concepts of professional responsibility, reflection and lifelong learning.
This module addresses the following RCVS Day One Competencies (RCVS, 2020):
1 - Act professionally as informed by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct
2 - Act in a way that shows understanding of ethical and legar responsibilities, appropriately balancing competing interests
3 - Demonstrate the ability to critially review and evaluate evidence in support of practising evidence based veterinary medicine
9 - Demonstrate situational awareness through navigating and responding to the economic and emotional context in which the veterinary surgeon operates
10 - Demonstrate self-awareness of personal and professional limits and know when to seek professional advice, assistance and support
11 - Demonstrate commitment to learning and professional development including recording and reflecting on professional experience and other learning aimed at improving performance and competence
15 - Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the organisation, management and legislation related to a veterinary business
17- Communicate effectively with clients, the public, professional colleagues and responsible authorities, using language appropriate to the audience concerned
18 - Demonstrate inclusivity and cultural competence, and encourage diverse contributions within the workplace
This module addresses the following RCVS Day One Competency Domains:
Personal leadership
Reflective relationships

The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce the student to the concepts of professional responsibility and the roles of professionals and paraprofessionals within the veterinary health sector
2. To introduce formal academic writing, an appreciation of primary and secondary literature sources and the concept of evidence based veterinary practice.
3. To introduce the concepts of reflective practice, personal and professional development and life-long learning
4. To introduce the basic principles of health and safety and cultural competence within the veterinary profession

Intended Learning Outcomes

Evaluate effective communication skills in a professional context to include level 4 academic writing as well as a variety of communication formats: 1,2
Demonstrate the ability to critically review and evaluate evidence, in support of practicing evidence based veterinary medicine: 1,2
Describe the differences between academic and reflective writing and apply reflective thinking to personal and professional development in the context of the RCVS Day One Competences: 1
Explain the roles and responsibilities of a range of professionals and paraprofessionals in veterinary and animal industries including the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct and RCVS Fitness to Practice: 2
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant health and safety principles that apply to placements as well as cultural competence: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 18 hours
Tutorials: 18 hours
Supervised online study (GOAL): 12 hours
Independent Study Hours - 102 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Literature Review weighted 50%
Literature review
Written report where students need to research and critically appraise the literature (1500 words).

2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
Exam (180 minutes)
Open book written exam, 180 minutes duration