Julia Smith

Lesson Sample Physical exams-New Vet curriculum

Discussion created by Julia Smith on Apr 4, 2018

We were able to make this curriculum much more comprehensive than the previous curriculum. The Physical exams unit, for example covers lessons on signalment (part of every physical exam) and the SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) technique. Attached is a lesson written by Dr. Doug Pierson who is a veterinarian who teaches at our partner institution SUNY Alfred. Doug was able to bring practical expertise to the lessons through his case studies dispersed throughout. Penny and the Pork, the attached lesson teaches the concepts of Signalment. Below is the list of lesson from the remainder of the unit. There are also some great lessons in parasitology (performing a fecal exam), microbiology (urine culture) that would fit nicely with this unit.

Broad Unit V Goals:

          Logical record keeping and thorough physical examinations are the foundation for competent veterinary care. A good physical examination leads to the establishment of differential diagnoses and a plan for diagnostic testing, identification of the correct diagnosis and proper treatment of the patient. Record keeping is essential to organize and monitor all aspects of this veterinary care. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the skills involved in this process of physical examination as part of the provision of veterinary care.

V.1 Physical Exam Accuracy and the SOAP System

     V.1.1 Signalment and History: Penny and the Pork

Accurate signalment and precise animal history will support a correct diagnosis.

     V.1.2 The SOAP System: Problem-Oriented Medical Records

Accurate and logical record keeping are important for quality patient care.

V.2 Vital Signs and Performing the Physical Exam

     V.2.1 Vital Signs

Vital signs provide the foundation for the physical examination.

     V.2.2 The Case of Jethro

Foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology is important for the veterinary personnel to complete a thorough and appropriate physical examination.

     V.2.3 Ocular Examination of an Animal

Performing an ocular exam illustrates the systematic procedure needed to carry out a thorough and effective physical examination.


Hope this is helpful.

The Vet Sci Curriculum Team


PS--We put teacher notes and artwork acknowledgments in the "PowerPoint note" sections of the slides. Be sure to look there for additional guidance when teaching these lessons.