VET SC 3514RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
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 Y Prerequisites VET SC 2500RW & 3 AHEMS Questionnaires (graded satisfactory) Restrictions Available to BSc(Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description The course aims to develop the above in two major areas of "Skills, Knowledge and Attributes" (S.K.As) required of the veterinarian as a professional:
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.
A RESEARCH SKILLS (with a clinical emphasis) culminating in the development of a research proposal.
B. VET MED COMMUNICATION: students will further develop communication and consultation skills based on a predominantly relationship-centred style, being able to apply and identify effective clinical interviewing, explanation and planning techniques.
C. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AUDITING: Students will perform animal husbandry audits of production and non production animal facilities and be able to identify important processes, key performance and welfare indicators and target values for production; the audits will culminate in the creation of oral reports.
Students will be expected to have completed a minimum of 10 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements which includes completion of at least 3 AHEMS questionnaires prior to the commencement of the course. Students will be required to analyse data collected on placements within written and oral assignments.
Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy Hamood
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 Apply business enterprise skills to scenarios 2 Apply knowledge of the important husbandry practices that impact on animal productivity, profitability, welfare & health 3 Perform an audit of animal husbandry practices 4 Be familiar with codes of animal practice and welfare 5 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. 6 Demonstrate and identify client communication skills using a predominately relationship centred style 7 Demonstrate competence in animal handling and restraint for clinical purposes of a variety of species 8 Demonstrate competence in performing the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in the context of a general clinical exam.
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, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 3, 4, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 3, 5, 6 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, 4, 5, 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1 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 field trips, 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 SummaryThis course is divided into the following components:
· Animal handling & restraint
· Basic techniques for clinical examination
· Animal Husbandry audits
· Personal and professional skills
· Business Enterprise skills.
· My Uni modules – career development resources
Lectures, practicals, workshops, and tutorials will cover the following components:
Animal Husbandry Audits
· Compiling audit checklists
· Conducting an audit
· Reviews of visits conducted – written and verbal reporting of results
Clinical Interview & Reporting skills
· Clinical communication
· Information gathering
· Human-animal relationship
Business Enterprise skills
· Staff communication
· Written communication for the veterinary professional
· Organisational behaviour in a business
· Occupational 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 10 weeks of their Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) placements and completed three AHEMS questionnaires prior to the commencement of the course. Students analyse data collected on placements in this course.
Attendance at all practicals and tutorials is compulsory
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLES Learning Outcome Animal Handling & Restraint and Clinical
Summative Week 10 30% Yes 6 Oral presentation (Animal Husbandry Audit) Formative
Week 10 20% No 2, 3, 4 Communication skills assignment Formative
No 5 Business Enterprise Skills Team Assignment and Individual Resume Summative Week 7 & 8 30% Yes 1, 2 Interactive Learning Activity Formative
Weekly 10% No 1, 2, 4, 5
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 and Restraint for Clinical Purposes and Clinical Skills assessment minimum of 65% for the practical exam with at least a pass (≥50%) attained for each species Yes Students that do not attain the minimum requirement will be provided with an additional assessment for the particular species. Business Enterprise Skills Team Assignment and Individual Resume cumulative
minimum of 50%
Yes Students that do not attain the minimum requirement will need to submit an additional
assignment task (individual or group)
Assessment DetailAnimal Handling & Restraint and Clinical Skills Exam (30% of final grade)
Students will undertake a 20 minute station-based practical exam for dogs, cats, horses and sheep in Week 10.
Oral Presentation (Animal Husbandry Audit) (20% of final grade):
Students will complete an audit based upon an AHEMS placement undertaken prior to the commencement of the course. Students will give a 10 minute oral presentation to the class about codes of animal practices, welfare practices and best practice examples.
Communication Skills Assignment (10% 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%) – week 11. Participants will submit a self-analysis (in writing) of their consultation, building on formative feedback given in the skills laboratories from facilitator, peers, actors and self (10%)
Business Enterprise Skills assignments (30% of final grade):
• Students, as a small team, will submit a proposal (using the specified template) regarding an aspect of strategic planning for a business that will utilise budget skills (worth 25%)
• Students will submit an up to date resume and letter seeking a position in a veterinary industry enterprise (worth 5%)
Interactive Learning Activity (10% of final grade):
Students will participate in a series of Interactive Learning Activities in small teams to work through problems provided to them that incorporate aspects of business enterprise management, husbandry management and communication. Students will receive formative feedback from their peers (based on their teamwork capacity). Students will receive feedback from their tutors on aspects of their teamwork, professionalism and interpersonal skills (worth 10%).
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.
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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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