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UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Medicine at UCD are developing a range of taught Graduate programmes that are designed to offer busy veterinarians the opportunity to participate in part-time education and enjoy the benefit of:

Two programmes are currently on offer: 

Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health

Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health

This programme is timely given the recent establishment of Animal Health Ireland, a national herd health initiative. The course will draw on the experience gained by the Dairy Herd Health Group UCD in investigating many herd problems throughout Ireland. The programme will consist of modules in herd health skills, dairy herd fertility, nutrition and production disease, milk quality and mastitis, calf health and heifer rearing, and bio-secure/infectious diseases. It is envisaged that the majority of the material will be delivered on-line through the use of problem-based learning with current herd problems providing the necessary material.

Duration: 18 months
Starting: August 2012
Contact: Dr Finbar Mulligan
Fees: Fees Information

What will I learn from the UCD Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health programme?
The UCD Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health will draw on the experience gained by the Dairy Herd Health Group UCD in investigating many herd problems throughout Ireland.
The programme will consist of modules in herd health skills, dairy herd fertility, nutrition and production disease, milk quality and mastitis, calf health and heifer rearing, and bio-secure/infectious diseases.

Where can I go after the UCD Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health programme?
The programme is designed to equip dairy cattle practitioners with Level 9 NFQ (www.nqf.ie) educational outcomes that are relevant and useful at farm level. Practitioners will be equipped with tool for herd data analysis, practical herd evaluation skills, and an ability to integrate the multiple facets of dairy herd health for the development of holistic herd level solution that are set in context with regard to herd profitability and animal health and welfare.

How will I benefit from the UCD Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health programme?
Students of the Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health will learn about the latest scientific research on Dairy Herd Health and will have exposure to the wide range of experience of the UCD Dairy Herd Health Group. Students will also have access to the full electronic database of UCD Library which contains thousands of relevant scientific and professional journals to assist with independent learning and the development of a solid foundation in lifelong learning in the area of dairy herd health.

How will the programme be delivered:
The programme is designed to offer busy veterinarians the opportunity to participate in part-time education and enjoy the benefit of:

• Studying online at a time and place that suits your needs,
• Joining an online community to exchange knowledge and ideas,
• Working in groups online to solve a range of current herd problems,
• Applying new learning experiences to professional practice.

The the UCD Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health programme will be delivered using innovative online-learning activities coupled with hands on teaching of herd based clinical skills at the UCD Lyons Farm or the UCD Veterinary Hospital.

Several practical sessions are envisaged that will teach students a range of skills invaluable to cattle practitioners, for example body condition scoring, locomotion scoring, teat scoring, recent developments in reproductive ultrasonography for cattle.  Participants will be expected to attend these prescribed practical tutorials; approximately 10 days will be scheduled over the duration of the programme.

Each week students will be expected to contribute to a range of online-learning activities; this will require approximately 10-12 hours of work per week.

The learning activities will involve contributing to an online community to discuss relevant topics in the area of Dairy Herd Health e.g. providing examples of farm data, summaries of herd problems, accounts of successful or unsuccessful husbandry protocols (or other relevant information). The use of an online community discussion forum that will have a predetermined tutor input will assist in creating a truly innovative educational experience for participants. The use of problem based learning will ensure that participants are exposed to relevant case study material in an environment where their peer’s views and their own can be discussed to the benefit of all.

Finally, it is envisaged that some material will be taught by e-lectures, these will contain a synopsis of recent information of tried and tested protocols for herd investigations in all key areas that are used routinely by UCD Dairy Herd Health. 

To give students a further insight as to how modules might run a typical style for how one of the modules: Nutrition and Production Diseases will be dealt with is outlined in the table below.

 Week NumberTopics CoveredLearning Activity
 1
  • Digestion and Metabolism in the Dairy Cow
  • Energy
  • Protein
Students will be provided with a series of online lectures and reading lists. Following a review of this material students will be required to contribute to an online discussion forum their comments on a given scenario. Finally students will have an excel exercise which they must complete.
 2
  • Minerals
  • Feeds
  • Grassland management (Teagasc)
Similar to week one, students will be required to review a series of online lectures and reading references and videos. Again formative online discussion topics will be set up to discuss key issues. 
 3
  • Nutrition and Dairy Cow Fertility
  • Trace Elements
 Background resources to this topic will be provided. Following a review of this material students must contribute to a online case study.
 4
  •  Milk Fever
  • Ketosis / fatty liver
  • Acidosis and SARA
  • Displaced adbomasum
Students will be required to review a series of online lectures and reading references and videos. Group work will be organsied where students must debate and reach consensus on a case study and related key issues. Each student must submit a 250 reflection piece on the debate drawing on points and key references made by the group.
 5
  •  Grass Tetany
  • BCS Practical in the UCD Lyons Farm
 Students will be required to review a series of online lectures and reading references and videos.
 6  Study & review week Activities related to the BCS practical in the Lyons farm must be completed and submitted by the end of this week. Students must also submit an individual case history and report at this point.
 7
  • Lameness an introduction
  • Laminitis
  • Infectious lameness
Students will be required to review a series of online lectures and reading references and videos. Following a review of this material students will be required to contribute to an online discussion forum their comments related to a given scenario.
 8
  • Roadway construction (Teagasc)
  • Housing
Students will be required to review a series of online lectures and reading references and videos. Activities related to the BCS practical in the Lyons farm must be completed and submitted by the end of this week.

Admissions

Online applications will open on October 1st 2011 at www.ucd.ie/apply for the next intake to the programme in September 2012.

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2012

Applicants must possess a degree in Veterinary medicine that is registerable with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (www.vci.ie).
An extensive induction to learning online will be provided, however applicants will also require:
1.Broadband Access
2.Access to a computer
3.Basic IT skills (e.g. the ability to browse the internet, use email and word processing applications etc.)

Applications should be completed online at http://www.ucd.ie/apply/

Non-UCD Graduates must provide transcripts of degree(s).

International applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency.
If English is not your native language and unless you have completed your primary degree through English, an English language qualification is required (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL).
IELTS – an overall score of 6.0 IELTS (90-100 Internet Based)
TOEFL – 550 on the paper-based test TOEFL (213 on Computer Based)

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine

The Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine is designed to provide you, a veterinary practitioner, with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the veterinary care of racing and breeding greyhounds and other canine athletes. Our programme will be of interest if in your veterinary practice you currently (or plan to) work with racing greyhounds, assist at race meetings, or provide advice on welfare and breeding for owners.

Duration: 12 months
Starting: January 2012
Contact: Sue Rackard
Fees: Fees Information

As this Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine programme is delivered largely online applicants should have access to a computer and basic IT skills (e.g. the ability to browse the internet, use email and word processing applications etc.) 

What will I learn from the Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine?
The Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine is designed to provide veterinary practitioners with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the veterinary care of racing and breeding greyhounds, and other canine athletes.

How will I benefit from the Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine?
Having completed the programme participants will have:
• An understanding of the Greyhound industry in Ireland and Internationally
• Knowledge of the duties and responsibility of the veterinarian in caring for racing greyhounds
• Understanding of biomechanics and the influence of track design on racing performance
• Knowledge and understanding of legislation on drug use, withdrawal times and doping of racing greyhounds

What is the Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine programme about
Upon successful completion Students will have the ability to:
• Conduct a systematic clinical examination of the greyhound for musculoskeletal injury
• Diagnose of common canine sports injuries
• Advise of the husbandry, welfare, nutrition and breeding of racing greyhounds
• Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in racing and breeding greyhounds and to provide advice on welfare issues
• Apply surgical principles and perform common surgical procedures effectively, with emphasis on musculoskeletal injuries.
• Advise on reproduction in greyhounds and other sports animals including sled dogs and trail hounds.
• Make judgments on relevant ethical and animal welfare issues

Delivery
The Graduate Certificate in Canine Sports Medicine programme is largely delivered online therefore access to reliable internet and knowledge of basic IT skills will be necessary. A number of hands on practical workshops will be delivered at UCD campus during the year. These workshops will be delivered by experienced Veterinarians with many years experience of the canine industry.  You will have access to an experienced IT administrator to assist with any queries relating to the delivery of the programme.

In each module (Introduction to Canine Sports Medicine, Canine Clinical Pathology and Pharmacology, Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue Injuries, Reproduction and Breeding, Dissertation, Case Log) materials for self-directed learning will be provided to students, and this will be supplemented by online formative assessment exercises.

A total of 30 ECTS credits will be required to complete the programme.

 

Admission

This programme will commence in January 2012 – we are currently accepting applications for this intake.

If you are interested in this programme and are not sure if you are eligible, please contact Karen Holland (Telephone +353 1 716 6102)

Applications can be made online at www.ucd.ie/apply  .
Applicants must possess a degree in veterinary medicine registerable with the Veterinary Council of Ireland www.vci.ie
Non-UCD Graduates must provide transcripts of degree(s).

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