MVSc (Clinical) Practicum # FT

Subject VETS70001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: It is envisaged that the majority of the students enrolled in this subject will be in the Residency Training Program, 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, and applicants must be eligible to register as a veterinarian with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.


Full-time students in 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:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year
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 a master by research awarded by the University, and
  • make use of support programs and facilities provided by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science and the University throughout the period of 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.


Mr Brett Tennent-Brown


Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
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.

Learning Outcomes:

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; and
  • 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

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