MVSc (Clinical) Practicum # FT

Subject VETS70001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: It is envisaged that the majority of the students enrolled in this subject will be residents of the Veterinary Hospital working an average of 40 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

The entry requirement is a BVSc (usually at honours level) or recognised equivalent qualification.


Full-time students in the the MVSc (Clinical) will be enrolled in both the thesis component (VETS90027) and this practicum component for the length of their candidature.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Candidates must have a recognised degree in veterinary science with appropriate clinical experience.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Students enrolled in the practicum component subject will enrol in the thesis subject VETS90027 (weighted at 75%). They will not be allowed to enrol in thesis subject VETS90013 (weighted at 100%).

Core Participation Requirements:

All MVSc (Clinical) candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least six months full-time (12 months part-time) advanced study and research at the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.

Throughout their candidature candidates are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up their research within a University community and environment.

The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the first six months of candidature. During this time the student is expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the department (including staff and other research students) and the University, so as to:

  • build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the proposed research program,
  • acquire an understanding of the standards and requirements for an MPhil awarded by the University, and
  • make use of support programs and facilities provided by the Melbourne School of Graduate Research throughout candidature.

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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010

T: +61 (0)3 8344 7357

Subject Overview:

This is a subject for the practicum component of the Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical). For most students, the practicum will consist primarily of case studies in the Veterinary Hospital. Students will be provided with advanced clinical training in diagnostic, therapeutic, and technical skills associated with veterinary clinical sciences.

Students enrolled in this subject will be enrolled in the MVSc (Clinical) on a full-time basis.


Students enrolled in this subject will:

  • achieve a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in a particular field or set of related fields in veterinary science;
  • apply scientific methods to the definition and solution of problems by research;
  • acquire advanced technical skills relevant to the field of research.

Final Examination (100%)

Three-hour written examination at the end of the period of candidature.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Generic skills demonstrated in this subject are:

  • approaching scientific research in a critical, perceptive and constructive way;
  • developing interpersonal skills to work as part of a team;
  • observing the appropriate research codes of practice;
  • acquiring skills in the searching and manipulation of scientific literature and other relevant data bases;
  • communicating effectively through both the spoken and written medium and to both professional colleagues and the wider community.
Related Course(s): Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical)

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