VET SC 3514RW - Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
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 'Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes' (S.K.As) required of the veterinarian as a professional by building on VETSC 2500RW:
ANIMAL HANDLING: students perform, practice and demonstrate the necessary skills in restraint and handling of common veterinary species
CLINICAL SKILLS: students are introduced to a number of basic clinical techniques of common veterinary species eg observation, taking temperature, respiration and other techniques such as palpation, percussion and auscultation.
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 AUDITING: Students perform animal husbandry audits of animal facilities.
EMPLOYABILITY: Students will develop job applications and knowledge of workplace health and safety issues (WSH) as they relate to an animal production or service business.
Students 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.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
2,5,6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 2, 3, 4, Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2, 3,4, 5, Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3, Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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 SummaryThis course is divided into the following components:
· Animal handling & restraint
· Basic techniques for clinical examination
· Animal Husbandry experience evauation and reporting
· Personal and professional skills
· MyUni modules – career development resources
Lectures, practicals, workshops, and tutorials will cover the following components:
Animal Husbandry Placement Experience Evaluation
· Conducting an audit
· Review of an animal husbandry extramural studies (AHEMS) placement experience that was 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
Business Enterprise skills
· Organisational policies and procedures 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 AHEMS placements and completed three AHEMS placement records prior to the commencement of the course. Students evaluate and reflect on information collected on placements as part of a written assignment in this course.
Attendance at all practicals, workshops and tutorials is compulsory
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.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting HURDLES Learning Outcome Timing of Assessment Animal Handling & Restraint and
Clinical Skills Exam
Formative & Summative 10%
Weekly in practical
AHEMS Assignment Summative 25% No 5 Week 12 Communication Skills Assignment Formative
Week 6 Position Application Formative & Summative 10% No 3 Week 5 Work, Health and Safety Activity Formative & Summative 15% No 4 Weeks 10 - 12
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 and 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.
Assessment DetailAnimal Handling & Restraint and Clinical Skills Exam (30% of final grade)
Studentswill be assessed in class for all animal handling practicals (10% total). In addition there will be an end of semester practical exam (20%) for a variety of common domestic animals.
AHEMS Assignment (25% of final grade):
Students will complete an evaluation of an AHEMS placement undertaken before starting the course. Students complete a written assignment (2000 – 2,500 words) based on observations recorded during a placement and evaluated against minimum standards and current research literature.
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.
Position Application (10% of final grade)
Students will submit an up to date resume and letter seeking a position in a veterinary related place of employment.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 attributes related to employability. Students will be assessed on group work and individual activities.
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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