Professional Practice 1 (Hospital)

Subject 250-319 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours of lectures, up to 255 practical/tutorial hours and extramural work.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 347 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Steven Holloway Holloway
Subject Overview:

Lectures will consider the following topics: food safety and public health; state veterinary medicine; legislative control of animals and animal diseases (Livestock Diseases Act, Quarantine Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, etc.); reporting adverse drug reactions; handling disease emergencies (Austvetplan); aquatic animal health; animal welfare; and urban animal management.

Students will undertake weekly clinical rotations in sections of the Department of Veterinary Science and Department of Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, with daily attendances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to 5pm. Some sections require out-of-hours work during the week, on weekends and on public holidays.

Clinical rotations include autopsy, clinical pathology, microbiology and parasitology; diagnostic imaging; small animal medicine; small animal surgery; anaesthesiology; equine medicine and surgery; agriculture animal medicine; animal reproduction; and small animal emergency and critical care.

Extramural work between teaching periods and between clinical years involves two weeks in third year and two weeks in final year in the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, including an out-of-hours component and additional attendance as directed by clinicians; twelve weeks of approved extramural work with an academic associate of the faculty, or other approved experience during the third and final years; and one week at the Rural Veterinary Centre, Maffra. This work must be completed by the end of second semester of final year.

Objectives: .

Clinical rotations, including Veterinary Public Health assignments (80%) and two 15-minute oral/practical examinations at the end of semester, covering clinical and applied aspects of professional practice (20%). Students are required to pass all components of assessment including all clinical rotations.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students completing this subject should have acquired the following:

  • cognitive, analytic and problem solving skills, involving independent thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning;

  • respect for intellectual integrity and professional ethics;

  • professional and technical skills;

  • writing skills and the use of advanced communication technologies;

  • time management and planning skills;

  • people management, the ability to participate effectively in collaborative learning, interpersonal relationships and grief counselling; and

  • finance and business management skills.


Special requirements: suitable protective clothing is required for all practical work in the clinics and laboratories. A white scrub suit or white short-sleeved coveralls are required for surgical clinics, a clean white coat for medical clinics, and grey or khaki coveralls and rubber over-boots for all large animal clinics. Students must provide themselves with a stethoscope, thermometer, pen light and dog lead.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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