VET SC 2500RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course aims to develop two major areas of "Skills, Knowledge and Attributes" (S.K.As) required of the veterinarian as a professional: 1.Technical S.K.As A. ANIMAL HANDLING: students will perform, practice and demonstrate the necessary skills in restraint and handling of common veterinary species. During the practical component of the course there will be competency assessment. B. Animal Husbandry Protocols: students will review animal husbandry protocols across common domestic species 2.Non-technical S.K.As A LITERATURE SOURCING/SKILLS - students will develop their basic scientific literature skills B. VET MED COMMUNICATION: students will apply basic communication and consultation skills based on a predominantly relationship-centred style, being able to apply and identify effective clinical interviewing techniques. C. STRESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT: students will identify sources and symptoms of stress and will have the opportunity to practice stress management techniques. D. HUMAN ANIMAL BOND: students will recognise and appraise human animal relationships in the companion animal and large animal environment. E. BUSINESS ENTERPRISE SKILLS: students will develop simple budgeting skills as they relate to animal production or service business. Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of 2 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements by the end of the mid-semester break as they will be required to report on an aspect of their placement to the class.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 2500RW
    Course Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Prerequisites ANIML SC 1017RW & ANIML SC 1018RW
    Corequisites VET SC 2510RW
    Restrictions Available to B Sc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only
    Course Description The course aims to develop two major areas of "Skills, Knowledge and Attributes" (S.K.As) required of the veterinarian as a professional:
    1.Technical S.K.As
    A. ANIMAL HANDLING: students will perform, practice and demonstrate the necessary skills in restraint and handling of common veterinary species. During the practical component of the course there will be competency assessment.
    B. Animal Husbandry Protocols: students will review animal husbandry protocols across common domestic species
    2.Non-technical S.K.As
    A LITERATURE SOURCING/SKILLS - students will develop their basic scientific literature skills
    B. VET MED COMMUNICATION: students will apply basic communication and consultation skills based on a predominantly relationship-centred style, being able to apply and identify effective clinical interviewing techniques.
    C. STRESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT: students will identify sources and symptoms of stress and will have the opportunity to practice stress management techniques.
    D. HUMAN ANIMAL BOND: students will recognise and appraise human animal relationships in the companion animal and large animal environment.
    E. BUSINESS ENTERPRISE SKILLS: students will develop simple budgeting skills as they relate to animal production or service business.
    Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of 2 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements by the end of the mid-semester break as they will be required to report on an aspect of their placement to the class.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Michelle McArthur

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To be able to reflect on and appraise professional skills (self-care, communication, understanding of the human-animal bond) integral to their personal development as well as enhancing the veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
    2 To have a basic knowledge of animal husbandry and disease prevention protocols
    3 To be able to source appropriate literature
    4 To demonstrate basic business enterprise skills applicable to the veterinarian
    5 To be able to reflect on and appraise an AHEMS experience in an oral format.
    6 To gain more experience in animal handling skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4,
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A variety of text books and reading resources will be required and will all be available through the Roseworthy library facilities. Access to on-line instructional material & databases. Clinical and animal resources will be available through the veterinary teaching hospital at Roseworthy. Animal ethics approval will be required.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3 hours lecture, 3 hours practical and 1 hour of tutorials per week.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should  expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures:
    Overview of protocols in production animals, equine and companion animals; Introduction of the concepts of veterinary consultation; stress and its management; introduction to communication skills; human-animal bond; business budgeting skills; literature sourcing/skills.

    Practicals:
    Role-plays to practice communication skills; clinical protocols; animal handling skills; low stress animal handling; database/literature searches.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Weighting Learning Outcome
    Written Exam Summative No 45% 2, 3, 5
    Animal Handling Skills Formative No 0% 7
    Animal Enterprise Management Assignment Summative No 20% 2, 4
    Professional Skills Assignments Summative No 20% 1, 4, 5
    Oral presentation Summative No 15% 1, 2
    Communication Skills Rubric Formative No 0% 1
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at practicals and tutorials is compulsory. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the Course Co-ordinator. Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/forms/savs-allowed-leaveofabsence-tute-prac.pdf

    Assessment Detail
    Animal Handling Skills (0%): Students will undertake animal handling activities in practicals and receive formative feedback as to their current skill level to identify areas that students should concentrate on in their AHEMS placements and prior to the summative assessment in Professional Skills III.

    Animal Enterprise Management assignment (20%): Students will create a formal recommendation for a simple change in management (for example, a partial budget for the implementation of a change in vaccination protocol for a broiler house). 1500 words

    Communication Skills Rubric (0%). Students will undertake communication activities and role play within the course. Students will be supplied with a rubric for formative assessment of their communication skills based on feedback from the facilitator.

    Professional Skills Assignments (20%): Students will undertake 2x 600 word academic reflections on topics related to veterinary professional skills. The reviews will examine the students’ reflections, ability to examine relevant literature and re-synthesise the material as it relates to their understanding of relevant veterinary professional skills.

    Oral Presentation (15%) will occur near the end of the semester and will enable students to debrief and present their AHEMS experiences to peers and lecturers. All students will have completed at least one AHEMS placement by this time. The presentation will be for 10 minutes plus question time.

    End-of-semester written exam (45%) will cover all theoretical aspects of the course in multiple
    choice and short answer format.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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