VET SC 7302BRW - Companion Animal Practice Rotation B

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course comprises two 3 week modules that comprise supervised clinical experience in the Companion Animal Health Centre (CAHC) at Roseworthy campus. The students will participate as assistants in case-related activity in the clinic, including consultations, case management, in-hospital care, out-of-hours case management, report writing and client communication. The students will participate in clinical rounds. Module 1 (3 weeks)is primarily devoted to general practice, medicine and surgery. Module 2 (3 weeks) is primarily devoted to emergency and critical care. Some weekend and out-of-hours' work will be expected within the rotation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7302BRW
    Course Companion Animal Practice Rotation B
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 10 hours per day for two 3 week blocks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I & II DVM program
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Observation by instructors & peers during practical activities & case discussions, assessment of written & oral case records & reviews
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Anne Peaston

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Day One Competences, for the discipline of Companion Animal Practice, in:
    1 Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge
    2 Technical skills
    3 Communication skills
    4 Patient care
    5 Professional behaviours

    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, 4

    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.


    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.

    3, 4, 5

    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.


    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.

    3, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    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.

    3, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Rotations cover a continuous 3 week period. Within this time students will be expected to attend clinics, surgery and consultations as appropriate and required.

    Some out of hours and weekend work will be expected within the rotation period, including “on call” duties.

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

    This is a lecture free course. Students will participate in a variety of activities to allow for a broad exposure to the elements of this rotation. Students will be expected to prepare daily for their activities. An average day will consist of approximately 8 hours. There will be an expectation of some out-of-hours and weekend work throughout the rotation.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is essentially a clinical practicum to expose final year veterinary students to the various disciplines encountered in companion animal practice, including medicine, surgery, emergency work and critical care. In Module 1, students will be involved in the daytime services run in the Companion Animal Health Centre, and be involved in General Practice, Medicine and Surgery.  In Module 2, students will work alongside the Emergency and Critical care team and be involved in a shiftwork roster that covers daytime, after-hours and weekends. The teaching staff will supervise all aspects of the students’ activities and students will perform technical clinical skills as deemed appropriate for their level of competence. They will participate in daily clinical rounds, and case-based activities. The exact content will be determined by the available case material and staff resources.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Each module runs for a continuous 3 week period, but the two modules may not be consecutive (in other words, Module 1 and Module 2 may be separated by other final year rotations). Within each module students will be expected to attend clinics, surgery and consultations as appropriate and required.

    Full time attendance at each of the 3 week modules is compulsory.  In Module 1, this represents 15 days of attendance.  In Module 2, it represents attendance at all rostered shifts. Students will be able to apply for an approved absence with appropriate supporting documents for up to 3 days in Module 1 and 3 shifts in Module 2, but must attend a minimum of 12 days in Module 1 and 9 shifts in Module 2 to be able to complete the rotation.

    Out of hours and weekend work is expected within the rotation period during Module 2 and will be allocated to students on a roster
  • 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
    Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge Summative
    & Formative
    25% Yes 1
    Technical skills Summative
    & Formative
    25% Yes 2
    Communication skills Summative
    & Formative
    25% Yes 3
    Patient care Summative
    & Formative
    20% Yes 4
    Professional behaviours Summative
    & Formative
    5% Yes 5

    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 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
    Module 1 - Attend a minimum of 12 out of 15 full days of the rotation and absent no more than 2 days in any 1 week.

    Module 2 - Attend a minimum of 9 rostered shifts and absent for no more than 3 shifts.
    Students that fail the attendance hurdle without appropriate approval and documentation will not be offered an additional or replacement assessment and will be required to repeat the rotation in its entirety
    Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge 50% Yes Oral examination or additional rotation period with assessment. 
    Technical skills 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment.
    Communication skills 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment.
    Patient care 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment.
    Professional behaviours 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    Students who fail any Day One competencies listed in the course objectives will be given a further assessment appropriate to that particular competency. This will typically involve a supplementary rotation period to improve their performance, but it could involve other types of assessment such as oral examinations. The length, timing and content of this supplementary period will be determined by the Course Coordinator. Failure a second time will result in the rotation being repeated during the next academic year.

    Assessments (Day One Competencies)

    1.     Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge
    Observations on rotation, oral case presentations and/or report writing, written
    and/or oral knowledge tests

    2.     Technical skills
    Observations on rotation, procedural tests and oral tests

    3.     Communication skills
    Observations on rotation, rounds presentations, record keeping, oral presentations and/or report

    4.     Patient care
    Observations on rotation

    5.     Professional behaviours
    Observations on rotation

    A criterion based rubric with text descriptors will define the Day One Competency Categories

    Late Submission

    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.
    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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