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Advances in Veterinary Biosciences VETSCI5020

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to give students an understanding of current knowledge in veterinary bioscience and the ability to judge the values of innovative and pioneering research into the underlying problems of veterinary medicine and science.


Lectures supplemented with tutorials and self-directed study.

Requirements of Entry

This course is open to students registered for postgraduate taught programmes offered by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences.

Excluded Courses





 Students will research and write a critical review essay of approximately 1000 words on a given title related to Veterinary Bioscience.

Course Aims

■ This course aims to provide students with the ability to critically appraise advances in veterinary bioscience as they are disseminated through specialist and general scientific media.

■ The course aims to provide students with the ability to judge the value of advances at the forefront of specialized bioscience investigation in topical and important areas of veterinary science.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

■ Assess and critically evaluate differing means of analysing and interpreting experimental data from veterinary studies.

■ Appraise and evaluate the value in published research on veterinary experiments.

■ Assess the value of veterinary research in farm production.

■ Judge the uses of veterinary trials for application to companion animal health and welfare.

■ Evaluate the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology application in veterinary science.

■ Judge the biological basis of the pharmacology of analgesic drugs used in animals.

■ Critically evaluate methods by which veterinary research is carried out.

■ Critically appraise veterinary research. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.