VET SC 7001RW - DVM Professional Skills

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

In this course participants will continue development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and capabilities underpinning required day one skills in veterinary communication, legislation, professional conduct, ethics, and clinical examination in a variety of species using animal handling skills that ensure animal welfare and operator safety while maintaining a professional image.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7001RW
    Course DVM Professional Skills
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Written assignments, in-class theory and practical tests, assessment of communication skills within workshop, examination of clinical examination techniques, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Olivier Simon

    Course Coordinators: Drs Adele Feakes ( and Olivier Simon (

    Course Timetable

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

    Please note a detailed timetable for this course will be available in Orientation Week or if needed prior.

    Practicals, workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures are interspersed across mornings and afternoons for operational reasons so please assume attendance is required for both morning and afternoons every week.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate client communication skills using a predominately relationship-centred consultation style
    2 Construct effective written documents for a variety of work-related situations based on analysis of available information, with the application of professional conventions of writing
    3 Define and evaluate conduct with regard to the veterinary surgeon’s professional and legal responsibilities and apply the codes of conduct of the registering body of the state/country
    4 Work effectively as a member of a team, identifying and respecting the roles played by others in the team
    5 Conduct a systematic, thorough and efficient basic clinical examination in a variety of species using animal handling skills that ensure animal welfare and operator safety
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students are provided with videos of clinical examination techniques and pre-recorded radiography lectures
    Recommended Resources
    Reading lists and web links are provided via MyUni and are tailored to the topics from year to year.
    Online Learning
    Online resources provided via MyUni will remain key to the learning experience of the student in this course.

    These include Announcements, Welcome, timetable, links to course outline, and learning materials, lecture PDFs, recordings, tutorial, and practical run-sheets.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will have 7- 8 contact hours per week, which will consist of lectures, tutorials, workshops, and practicals.

    Practicals, workshops, tutorials, seminars, and lectures occur across mornings and afternoons for operational reasons so please assume attendance is required for both mornings and afternoons every week.

    2-4 hr practical per week

    3 hrs lectures/seminars/skills lab/workshops per week

    Participants will be expected to undertake self-directed learning each week in preparation for practicals and workshops.


    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 for the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course covers four broad areas:

    -  Clinical Communication skills

    -  Legislation, Professional Conduct and Ethics

    -  Clinical Examination of a range of species common in Australia
    Specific Course Requirements
    For the Veterinary Legislation, Professional Conduct and Ethics topic (30% hurdle):

    Students must attend all practical sessions to be eligible to submit assessment items (unless approved absence).

    For the Veterinary Clinical Examination topic (40% hurdle):

    Students must attend all practical sessions to be eligible to participate in the end of semester practical exam (unless approved absence).
  • 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 Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Communication Skills

    · Video Analysis Assignment



    1st half of semester




    Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics

    · Practical outputs, discussion board activity and mini assessments



    Mid Semester




    2, 3, 4
    Clinical Exam

    · Graded Quizzes

    · In-class assessment of clinical examination

    · End of semester Practical Exam




    Throughout the
    Throughout the semester

    End of semester







    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2022.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment item with a hurdle % needed or required to meet the hurdle Is additional assessment available if a student does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No Details of additional assessment, if available
    Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics

    Practical outputs, discussion board activity and mini assessments

    minimum of 50% for the sum of all components Yes Additional assessment will be replacement task(s)
    Clinical Exam

    End of course Practical Exam
    minimum of 50% for the total end of the course practical exam and must pass each species within the exam Yes Additional assessment will be in the form of an additional practical examination
    Assessment Detail
    Communication Skills (20%)
    1. Video Analysis Assignment. Participants will submit a self-analysis of their consultation (approximately 15 minutes), building on formative feedback given in the skill(s) laboratories from facilitator, peers, actors, and self (20%).

    Legislation, Professional Conduct & Ethics (30%)
    1. Combined collation and interpretation of legislation assignment covering major domains of veterinary legislation (10%)

    2. Practical outputs – medical record and certificate documentation based on clinical scenarios *students can choose their highest mark from formative assessment and summative assessment (5%)

    3. Ethical dilemma forum and discussion board activities (10%)

    4. Teamwork (interprofessional and organisational) group-based knowledge, cognition, and metacognition-based group task on roles of team members in a veterinary organisation (5%)

    Clinical Examination (50%)
    1. Individual diagnostic formative/summative quizzes (with multiple attempts allowed) as part of the self-directed learning material associated with species-based practical rotation (10%).

    2. Practical exam: Participants will undertake an end-of-course (module) practical exam (40%).

    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission may be applied. A mark of zero may be allocated to late submitted assessment.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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