Course code Vete6042

Credit points 2

Organisation of Veterinary Services III

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes10

Independent study hours40

Date of course confirmation21.03.2018

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developers

author lect.

Agris Zirnītis

Mg. med. vet.

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Lelde Tītmane

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

Vete2021, Organisation of Veterinary Services I

Vete5012, Organisation of Veterinary Services II

Course abstract

Students are got acquainted with Latvian and European Union veterinary legislation. Gets perception of organisation of veterinary official controls, organisation of veterinary practices, the veterinarian's role in society and local and international cooperation.
In Ethics sub-program acquires ethical behavior guiding principles, action in veterinary professional work in various situations and scope, moral code.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Sub-programme Organisation of Veterinary Work III:
Knowledge - insight in the related to the veterinary field legislation and its application; elements of the official control; the rights, obligations, responsibilities of veterinary practitioners – 2 tests.
Skills to find and apply the corresponding Latvian or European Union legislative norms according to the performed veterinary activity – practicals.
Competence to know and to apply in a right way the veterinary legislation in force doing veterinary practise; working in the competent authority and performing official duties.
Sub-programme Ethic:
Knowledge – comprehension of the fundamental principles of ethics, related legislation and its application - case analysis.
Skills to find and apply legislative norms according to the situation – case analysis.
Competence to be able to analyse specific ethical cases, and determinate what is and what is not ethical - case analysis.

Course Content(Calendar)

Sub-programme Organisation of Veterinary Work III:
1. Latvian Association of Veterinarians. 2 h
2. The international organizations associated with veterinary medicine. 4 h
3. The veterinary certificate, entitlement to practice. 2 h
4. Test. Business type. Registration for veterinary practices. 2 h
5. Small/companion animal veterinary practices. 2 h
6. Farm animal veterinary practices. 2 h
7. Animal trade (export, veterinary, health certificates, certification process). 4 h
8. Test. Education of veterinary medicine in European Union. 2 h
Sub-programme Ethic:
1. Murphy laws for doctors. Insight into the concepts: ethics, morality, deontology, etiquette. 2 h
2. What determines what is ethical? How does an individual decide what is ethical? 2 h
3. Forms of thinking, rules of logic. Concept, judgement, conclusion. 2 h
4. The essence of business ethics nowadays. 2 h
5. Fundamental principles of medical ethics, the principle of fairness. 2 h
6. Characteristics that the veterinarian must have. 2 h
7. Code of ethics for veterinarians in Latvia. 2 h
8. Code of Ethics: professional behavior; veterinarian, patient and client. 2 h
9. Code of Ethics: veterinarian and colleague. 2 h
10. The influence of temperament on professional activity. 2 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed two tests in sub-programme Organisation of Veterinary Work III.
Sub-programme Ethic:
Attended lectures and seminars of at least 80%
Each student should present one case analysis with visible ethical violations.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent investigation of normative acts follows the tasks specified in the practical work.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Study course tests are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.
Sub-programme Organisation of Veterinary Work III:
To get the final grade of the study course "passed", all tests must be evaluated with a successful grade.
Sub-programme Ethic:
To get the final grade of the study course "passed", case analysis must be presented successful.

Compulsory reading

1. Viljamss J. R. Medicīnas ētikas rokasgrāmata. Rīga: Latvijas ārstu biedrība, 2009. 135 lpp. 2. Latvijas veterinārārstu ētikas kodekss [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 03.01.2019.]. Pieejas: 3. 4.

Further reading

1. Mullan S., Fawcett A., Sean Wensley S. Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases. 1st edition. UK: 5m Publishing, 2017. 552 p. 2. Rollin B.E. An Introduction to Veterinary Medical Ethics: Theory And Cases. 2nd ed. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2006. 352 p.

Periodicals and other sources



Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine.