VET SC 7310RW - Equine Practice Rotation

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge within the field of equine medicine and surgery. By focussing on the basic principles of evaluating case history, assessing clinical presentations, formulating differential diagnosis lists, and applying appropriate treatment or management of common medical and surgical conditions encountered in equine practice, students will improve upon the five key day one competencies. The course will be conducted within the Equine Health and Performance Centre, with one week spent in the equine surgery unit, one within the medicine service and one in the ambulatory equine unit. In addition to participating in all daily professional veterinary service activities, all students must participate in the rostered on-call emergency service after hours (weekends and evenings), case based hospital rounds and small group teaching activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7310RW
    Course Equine Practice Rotation
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per day for 3 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I & II of DVM program
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7211RW, VET SC 7221RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge within the field of equine medicine and surgery. By focussing on the basic principles of evaluating case history, assessing clinical presentations, formulating differential diagnosis lists, and applying appropriate treatment or management of common medical and surgical conditions encountered in equine practice, students will improve upon the five key day one competencies. The course will be conducted within the Equine Health and Performance Centre, with one week spent in the equine surgery unit, one within the medicine service and one in the ambulatory equine unit. In addition to participating in all daily professional veterinary service activities, all students must participate in the rostered on-call emergency service after hours (weekends and evenings), case based hospital rounds and small group teaching activities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Claudia Cruz Villagran

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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)
    1,2,4,5
    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
    1,3,4
    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
    3,5
    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
    3,5
    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
    1,3,5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Rotations cover a continuous 3 week period within the EH&PC. Within this time, students will be involved in inpatient and outpatient clinics (including ambulatory and farm visits as appropriate), facilitate with surgery, and provide primary care to hospitalised equine cases.  Some out of hours and weekend work is required within the rotation period.
    Workload

    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 course is lecture free and will be delivered by licensed University clinical veterinary faculty during the course of first opinion and referral service provision to client owned horses presented to the Equine Health and Performance Centre and the Mobile Equine Veterinary Services.

    Students will participate in a variety of activities to allow for a broad exposure to the elements of this rotation. All students must participate in daily clinical and teaching activities, the after-hours on-call schedule, and after-hours treatment of cases for which they have been assigned responsibility in the health centre. These activities may include clinical rounds, case review sessions, tutorials, surgery, stable visits, laboratory activities and diagnostics. A staff member will set the Equine Clinical Practice schedule on day one of the rotation.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students spend one block of 3 weeks on the Equine Animal Rotation, covering aspects of equine  animal practice. Students will undertake experiences within clinic, ambulatory and on-farm settings. Some weekend and out of hours work will be expected within 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
    Attendance Summative Throughout course 0% Yes n/a
    Clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge Summative
    & Formative
    Throughout
    course
    30% Yes 1
    Technical skills Summative
    & Formative
    Throughout
    course
    25% Yes 2
    Communication skills Summative
    & Formative
    Throughout
    course
    20% Yes 3
    Patient care Summative
    & Formative
    Throughout
    course
    15% Yes 4
    Professional behaviours Summative
    & Formative
    Throughout
    course
    10% Yes 5
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2017.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Hurdle 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
    Attend each
    full day of the rotation

    Students that fail the attendance hurdle 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 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.
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance: (0% of course grade). Attendance at each day of the rotation will be compulsory. Students will be able to apply for an approved absence with appropriate supporting documents, but must attend a minimum of 12 days (with approved absences) to be able to complete the rotation. Students absent without approval will automatically fail the rotation.

    Failure to pass all Day One Competencies

    Students who fail any Day One competencies listed in the course objectives will be given a further supplementary rotation period to improve their performance. The length, timing and content of this supplementary period will be determined by the course organiser. 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 exit oral test

    2.     Technical skills
    Observations on rotation, clinical skill practical session; exit oral test

    3.     Communication skills
    Observations on rotation, record keeping, oral presentations and exit oral test

    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



    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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