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SCTV640 – Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

Module code
Module title
Advanced Diagnostic Techniques
To collect and process diagnostic samples from companion and production animals (by routine and advanced collection techniques). To perform specialised laboratory testing methods and demonstrate knowledge of advanced imaging techniques. Students completing this module will: collect routine diagnostic samples and assist with more advanced collection techniques for samples from companion and production animals; assist with preparation of equipment and the animal patient (these samples can then be processed for examination at the veterinary clinic or veterinary laboratory); have knowledge of advanced imaging techniques; and perform basic microbiological, immunological and biochemical diagnostic procedures.
  • SC1002
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the collection of routine diagnostic samples from production and companion animals as recommended in the NZVA Guide to Standard Procedures

- Detail the preparation of patients and equipment for more advanced sample collection techniques

- Process diagnostic samples for examination in the veterinary clinic or veterinary laboratory

- Differentiate advanced diagnostic imaging techniques used in veterinary practice

- Detail advanced radiography imaging techniques

- Detail the principles of routine veterinary laboratory diagnostic procedures
- Collection of routine diagnostic samples
- Processing of samples for examination in clinic or at laboratory
- Preparation of patient and equipment for the collection of samples by more advanced techniques
- Advanced diagnostic imaging techniques
- Routine microbiological, immunological and biochemical testing methods
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Formal lectures and tutorials
- Laboratory sessions
- Practical animal sessions
- Fieldtrips
Assessment Criteria
Assessment Criteria: Mixed mode.

Students must attain an overall grade of 50 to pass this module.

Practical tasks are outlined in a Workbook and are competency based. A pass is achieved when the assessor is satisfied that the student has reached the level of competence appropriate for the task. This ensures critical tasks are completed satisfactorily. All competencies must be achieved to pass the module.

Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the lecturer at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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