Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Clinical Governance in Veterinary Nursing VETMED5055

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will enable students to learn from industry experts to develop their knowledge of the key concepts underlying clinical governance in veterinary practice. Students will learn skills than can be directly applied to practice, including how to perform audits and monitor performance and outcomes in their own clinical environments, and how these skills can be demonstrated if their practice undergoes accreditation or awards assessment.


There will be online sessions with course staff (lectures, tutorials) across 10 weeks from April to June (Online Distance Learning Block 3) 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Design an evidence-based protocol, guideline or system of work which could improve an aspect of your practice. Design an auditing tool that could be used to monitor the impact or effectiveness of this protocol, guideline or system of work, identify the barriers to its implementation and make evidence-based recommendations as to how these might be overcome (65%, 2500 words).


Collaborate to conduct a significant event audit and root cause analysis. Present the groups findings and make evidence-based recommendations for practice (20%, 12-15 minute presentation).


Contribute to online discussion and collaborative activities (15%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Collaborative work will not be re-assessed.

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Provide students with a detailed overview of the concept of clinical governance and clinical effectiveness in veterinary medicine.

■ Equip students with knowledge and understanding of how clinical governance concepts can be practically implemented and utilised within their own practice.

■ Enable students to explore the barriers to the implementation of clinical governance principles and how these can be overcome. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically discuss knowledge of clinical governance frameworks and reflect upon their own experiences, then apply this knowledge to draw conclusions for where and how improvements could be made to their own practice or others practice.

■ Design a protocol, guideline or system of work using the current evidence base, and design an auditing tool which could be used to monitor its impact or effectiveness.

■ Identify barriers to implementation of clinical governance frameworks and critically discuss how these can be overcome.

■ Conduct a significant event audit including a root cause analysis, report the findings and make recommendations for practice.

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.