VET SC 7305ARW - Veterinary Public Health Rotation A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

The Final year rotation will see the DVM III students build on their DVM II Veterinary Public Health experience. The rotation will include components that can be delivered online. Students will be exposed to a variety of theoretical and practical activities to achieve Day 1 competency in Veterinary Public Health. This may include activities performed in association with laboratories, Primary Industries and Regions SA, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture, abattoirs and other food and meat processing facilities. They will also do case work with academics in areas of VPH/One Health. Some weekend and out of hours work may be expected within the rotation. Topic Definition: Veterinary Public Health has been defined by Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, World Health Organisation/ World Organisation for Animal Health as 'the sum of all contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science'. Veterinary Public Health thus embraces the following areas of knowledge: diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonosis and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7305ARW
    Course Veterinary Public Health Rotation A
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Contact Up to 8 hours per day for a 3 week block
    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 Written assignment, oral presentation, field trip report, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Anne-Lise Chaber

    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 Veterinary Public Health, in:
    1 Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge
    2 Technical skills
    3 Communication skills
    4 Project Management
    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, 3, 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.

    1, 2, 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.

    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.

    3, 5

    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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Placements (3), each of about a week’s duration, with practitioners of Veterinary Public Health (state veterinarians (PIRSA), SARDI, Gribbles/IMVS/VDL, AQIS etc.) will allow the students to practice their increasing understanding of the responsibilities of veterinarians’ in the subject area of Veterinary Public Health. Students will conduct a Food microbiology research topic.

    Some out of hours and weekend work may be expected within the rotation period.

    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
    This rotation will allow the students to practice their increasing understanding of the responsibilities of veterinarians’ in the subject area of Veterinary Public Health individually and in groups. This can include conducting research in food microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, visiting of campus premises, outbreak investigation, notifiable diseases, One Health etc.

    Some out of hours and weekend work may be expected within the rotation period.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Rotations cover a continuous 3 week period. Some out of hours and weekend work may be expected within the rotation period.

    Attendance at each day of the 15 day rotation will be compulsory. Students will be able to apply for an approved absence with appropriate supporting documents for up to 3 days, but must attend a minimum of 12 days to be able to complete the rotation.
  • 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
    20% Yes 1
    Technical skills Summative
    & Formative
    20% Yes 2
    Communication skills Summative
    & Formative
    20% Yes 3
    Project Management Summative
    & Formative
    20% Yes 4
    Professional behaviours Summative
    & Formative
    20% 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
    Clinical reasoning/ problem solving/ knowledge 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment
    Technical skills 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment
    Communication skills 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment
    Project Management 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment
    Professional behaviour 50% Yes Additional rotation period with assessment
    Assessment Detail
    Failure to pass all Day One Competencies
    Students who fail any Day One competencies listed in the course objectives will be given an additional assessment of a further supplementary rotation period to improve their performance. The nature, 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 following 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, conduct of the research project

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

    4.     Project management
    Observations on rotation, report writing

    5.     Professional behaviours
    Observations on rotation

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

    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:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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