VET SC 3514RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 3514RW Course Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites VET SC 2500RW & 3 AHEMS Placement Records Restrictions Available to BSc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description The course continues the development of personal and professional capabilities required of veterinary professionals by building on VET SC 2500RW:
ANIMAL HANDLING: students perform, practice and demonstrate the necessary skills in restraint and handling of common species encountered in veterinary practice.
CLINICAL SKILLS: students are introduced to a number of basic clinical techniques for common veterinary species, including introduction to basic components of a general clinical examination
VET MED COMMUNICATION: students develop basic communication and consultation skills to enable effective relationship-centred clinical interviewing techniques.
STRESS MANAGEMENT: students identify sources and symptoms of stress and have the opportunity to practice stress management techniques.
HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND: students will recognise and appraise human animal relationships in the companion animal and large animal environments.
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: Students evaluate and reflect on an animal husbandry extramural experiences.
EMPLOYABILITY: Students will develop a position application and knowledge of workplace health and safety issues (WSH) as they relate to an animal enterprise or service business.
Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of fifty percent of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placement requirements and completed an AHEMS placement record subsequent to VET SC 2500RW and prior to the commencement of the course. Students analyse data collected on placements in this course.
Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy HamoodStudents will be expected to have completed a minimum of 10 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements and completed three AHEMS placement records prior to the commencement of the course. Students analyse data collected on placements in this course.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course a successful student should be able to: 1 Reflect on and appraise professional skills (self-care, communication, and understanding of the human-animal bond) integral to their personal development as well as enhancing the veterinarian- client-patient relationship. 2 Demonstrate and identify client communication skills using a predominately relationship-centred style. 3 Demonstrate an understanding of capabilities relating to employability. 4 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of health and safety responsibilities relating to a veterinary workplace and importance of complying with policies and procedures. 5 Evaluate and reflect on animal husbandry practices from an AHEMS experience based on codes of animal practice and welfare and current research literature. 6 Demonstrate competence in performing animal handling and restraint for some basic clinical techniques of a variety of species.
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.
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.
3, 4, 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, 2, 3, 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.
1,2, 3,4, 5,
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, 2, 3,
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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered as 3 hour lectures/, 2 – 4 hours practical and some 3 hour tutorials/workshops per week. Many of the teaching blocks will include workshop activities, but will also include animal handling practicals and skills laboratories, in addition to lectures and tutorials.
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 SummaryLectures, practicals, worshops and tutorials will cover the following components:
· Personal and professional capabilities
· Career development activities and resources
Animal Husbandry Placement Experience Evaluation
· Review of an animal husbandry extramural studies (AHEMS) placement experience completed and recorded prior to commencement of the course.
· Evaluation of observations with recommendations based on minimum industry standards and current research literature, documented in a written report.
Clinical Interview & Reporting skills
· Clinical communication
· Human-animal relationship
· Well-being, stress management and self-care
Work Health and Safety
· Undertake activities relating to veterinary animal related industries and work, health and safety.
Animal Handling and Restraint for clinical purposes
· Basic and advanced animal handling and restraint techniques
· Basic clinical examination skills practicals
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will be expected to have completed a minimum of half their AHEMS placements requirements and completed an AHEMS placement record subsequent to VET SC 2500RW and prior to the commencement of the course. Students evaluate and reflect on information collected on placements as part of an assignment in this course.
Attendance at all practicals, workshops and tutorials is compulsory. Students who do not meet this requirement will FAIL the course. Students are expected to participate for the entire duration of classes, displaying appropriate professional conduct and presenting dressed in suitable attire. The learning outcomes for the practical components of this course, particularly animal handling and communication skills, are substantially dependent on experiential learning and repeated practice. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed sessions or be provided an alternative learning experience where possible.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting HURDLES Learning Outcome Timing of Assessment Position Application Formative & Summative 10% No 3 Week 4 Communication Skills Assignment Formative
AHEMS Assignment Summative 25% No 5 Week 9 Work, Health and Safety Activity Formative & Summative 15% No 4 Weeks 10 - 12 Animal Handling & Restraint and
Clinical Skills Exam
Formative & Summative 10%
Weekly in practical
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement?
Yes or No
Details of additional assessment, if available Animal Handling & Restraint
Clinical Skills Exam
minimum of 50% for each of the species examined Yes Students that do not attain the minimum requirement will be provided with an additional assessment for the particular species. Attendance at all practicals, workshops and tutorials is compulsory. Satisfactory completion of all practicals, workshops and tutorials including attendance of ALL practical, workshop and tutorial sessions. Yes Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed sessions or provided an alternative learning experience where possible. Students who do not meet this requirement will FAIL the course.
Assessment DetailPosition Application (10% of final grade)
Students will submit an up to date resume and letter seeking a position in a veterinary or animal industry related place of employment.
Communication Skills Assignment (20% of final grade)
Students will undertake consultations utilising actors in the role of clients. Students will be formatively assessed on their capacity to initiate a consultation, gather information from the client, build a relationship with the client and structure the consult. Each session will be taped. Students will receive formative feedback from their first session directly following the consult (0%). Students will submit a 2000 – 2,500 words self-analysis (in writing) of their consultation, building on formative feedback given in the skills laboratories from facilitator, peers, actors and self.
AHEMS Assignment (25% of final grade):
Students will complete an evaluation of an AHEMS placement experience. Students complete a written assignment (approximately 2000 words) based on a record of a placement experience and evaluated against minimum standards and current research literature.
Work, Health and Safety Activity (15% of final grade)
Students will participate in activities both individually and in teams, incorporating aspects of health and safety, business management skills and capabilities relating to employability. Students will be assessed on group work and individual activities.
Animal Handling & Restraint and Clinical Skills Exam (30% of final grade)
Students will be assessed in animal handling practicals during semester (10% total). In addition there will be an end of semester practical exam (20%) for a variety of common domestic animals.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
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
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