VET TECH 1035RW - Principles of Veterinary Nursing

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course introduces students to the various roles of a Veterinary Technologist working in clinical practice as part of the Veterinary Nursing Team. In preparation for workplace learning in an external veterinary practice, students will begin to develop and practice a wide range of technical nursing skills and enhance their understanding of legal, ethical and work health and safety (WHS) responsibilities. Students will be introduced to principles of patient care which underpin the practice of nursing such as concepts of clinical governance, one health and nursing care plans. This course examines the role, business and staff structures of veterinary practices and introduces the student to client care including client relations, record systems and the emotional landscape of veterinary practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 1035RW
    Course Principles of Veterinary Nursing
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description This course introduces students to the various roles of a Veterinary Technologist working in clinical practice as part of the Veterinary Nursing Team. In preparation for workplace learning in an external veterinary practice, students will begin to develop and practice a wide range of technical nursing skills and enhance their understanding of legal, ethical and work health and safety (WHS) responsibilities. Students will be introduced to principles of patient care which underpin the practice of nursing such as concepts of clinical governance, one health and nursing care plans. This course examines the role, business and staff structures of veterinary practices and introduces the student to client care including client relations, record systems and the emotional landscape of veterinary practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Courtnay Baskerville

    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 Recognise and mitigate Work Health & Safety (WHS) risks, and apply principles of one-health and clinical governance perspectives to veterinary clinical practice.
    2 Source and utilise evidence-based literature and evaluate resources to enhance the development of veterinary nursing protocols and procedures.
    3 Reflect upon the role of a veterinary technologist working as part of a collaborative veterinary team demonstrating an understanding of legal and ethical practice and principles of animal welfare.
    4 Demonstrate introductory level skills in routine veterinary nursing practice, veterinary first aid and computerised patient record systems to prepare for supervised tasks in clinical practice.
    5 Utilise appropriate communication styles and educational approaches according to the circumstances and needs of clients and colleagues with consideration to cultural context, diversity, community focused veterinary care, and recognition of the human-animal bond.
    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 & 5

    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.

    2

    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.

    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.

    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.

    5

    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.

    5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    4

    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.

    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook; McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 10th Ed. 

    ISBN: 9780323751513

    Principle Editors; Joanna m Bassert, Angela D Beal, Oreta M Samples.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is designed to support the delivery of a flipped classroom approach where students engage with learner centred materials to enhance the student experience and ensure preparation for clinical skills based learning classes. Academic support is facilitated by contributing staff and students have access to the University's network of academic and personal support services.
    Workload

    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. clinical skills based classes), as well as non-contact time (e.g. preparing for clinical skills based classes including reading and revision and assessment tasks).
    Learning Activities Summary
    The Teaching and Learning Activities in Principles of Veterinary Nursing have been aligned to the Course Learning Outcomes and are designed to support the development of students clinical veterinary nursing skills and enhance the students understanding of the work of Veterinary Technologists in clinical veterinary practice.

    The topics covered include:

    • VN/VT Professional Identity
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities underpinning the practice of VN/VTs
    • Clinical Governance and Evidence-Based Nursing Care
    • Principles of One Health
    • Veterinary Clinic Work Health and Safetu 
    • Veterinary Clinic Infection Control and Waste Management
    • Mental Wellbeing for the Veterinary Team
    • Nursing considerations including prociples of Five Freedoms, Low Stress animal handling and models of nursing including Veterinary Nursing Care Plans
    • And introductions to clinical pathology, principles of veterinary first aid and case based education






    Specific Course Requirements
    The course will be delivered as a program of workshops and clinical based learning activities.

    Attendance at all clinical based learning acitivites and workshops is compulsory.

    Students must have appropriate professional and protective clothing and footwear for practical classes, which may include white coats, overalls and boots.
  • 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 Weighting Hurdle
    Yes or No
    Learning Outcome Due
    10 x 10 Minute pre-clinical skills based learning quizzes Formative/Summative 20% No 1 - 5 Weeks 2 - 11
    Literature Search Formative/Summative 25% No 2 Week 4
    Communication Project Summative 10% No 5 Week 7
    Reflection Summative 15% No 3 Week 10
    Clinical Skills Practical Test Summative 30% No 1 & 4 Week 13
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Participation in the practical clinical skills based learning classes is compulsory Satisfactory completion of all practical clinical skills based learning classes Students missing more than two practical clinical skills based learning classes will fail the course unless they can provide signed medical certificates in line with University policy. Remedial practicals will be offered where reasonably possible. In many cases, practical classes require the time-consuming creation of resources and may be impractical to reproduce for small student groups. If one or two classes are missed students must make arrangements with staff to complete alternate activities, devised by the Course Coordinator, in order to achieve and demonstrate the skills involved in the missed class.
    Assessment Detail
    10 x 10 minute pre-clinical skills based learning class quizzes (Weighting: 20% / 2% each quiz):
    Students will be required to submit a quiz prior to attending clinical skills based learning classes

    Literature Search (Weighting: 25%):
    Students will be required to submit an Annotated Bibliography (10% of overall mark and 500-words) of 3 resources and a literature report (15% and 750 words) on an industry relevant topic of interest.

    Reflection (Weighting: 15%):
    Students will complete a reflective journal where they will reflect on the role of a veterinary technologist working as part of a collaborative veterinary team

    Communication Project (Weighting 10%):
    In teams, students will create an online piece (e.g. website) for clients on a challenging area (e.g. grief and loss) with consideration to cultural context, diversity, community focused veterinary care, and recognition of the human-animal bond.

    Clinical Skills Practical Test (Weighting 30%):
    Students undertake a practical skills test to demonstrate their ability to complete a range of introductory level skills in veterinary nursing practice.
    Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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