VET SC 7308BRW - Transition to the Veterinary Profession B

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course is the final course in the DVM program preparing students for entry into post-graduate life. The course transitions students from didactic learning in DVM I & II to a workplace-based learning environment in the final year and then on to entry into the veterinary profession. The course runs in four-one week blocks spread across the final year to present topics when they are most relevant and have the most impact on student learning.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7308BRW
    Course Transition to the Veterinary Profession B
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 7 hours per day in 4 x 1 week blocks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Level I & II of DVM program
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Examination, written, oral and practical
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Bridgette Shackelford

    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 should be able to:

    1. Integrate, recognise and apply The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Day One Competences to solve professional and veterinary problems.

    2. Apply appropriate life skills to support a successful professional career.
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 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.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Topics in the course will be presented in 4 1-week blocks across the final year. Content will be presented in the form of all day seminars, workshops, and a field trip. Timetabling of content will be coordinated each year with the core clinical rotations and elective topic to optimise learning.

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

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

    This course occurs in four separate 1 week blocks across Semesters 1 & 2. Students will be expected to prepare daily for their activities in the given weeks. An average day will consist of approximately 7-8 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Clinical communications review; Introduction to rotations and the clinic's OH&S and business management systems.

    Week 2: Employability and gaining employment; Radiology review; Ethical dilemmas

    Weeks 3 & 4: Practical Exam; Veterinary legislation & registration: Professional risk management; Clinical cases, Top 10 clinical problems in common domestic species.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at each day of the course is compulsory. Students will be able to apply for an approved absence for extenuating circumstances with appropriate supporting documents. Students absent without approval will automatically fail the course.
  • 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 Type of assessment Weighting Hurdle

    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Written Exam 1

    Written Exam 2



    No 1, 2 Semester 2
    in the week following Week 12
    Practical Exam Summative 50% No 1, 2 Semester 2
    Week 10 or 11
    Assessment Detail
    Written Examinations (50%) – Students will undertake two 3-hr theory exams that will examine the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Day One Competences. One test will examine breadth of the domain of veterinary medicine through single best answer questions including multiple choice, extended matching, and clinical vignettes. The other test will examine depth in focussed areas of common domestic species, business and legislation, and veterinary public health.

    Practical Examinations (50%) – Students will undertake a practical test examining technical and reasoning skills in the field of veterinary medicine.

    All assessment items will be standard set for competency. Students are required to attain a score for each assessment task equal to or greater than a minimum level of competency to achieve a Non-Graded Pass. Students who narrowly miss meeting the required standard to achieve a Non-Graded Pass may be offered some form of additional assessment.
    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:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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