VET TECH 3010RW - Clinical Skills in Veterinary Technology III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Veterinary Technologists in practice utilise and apply their acquired knowledge and skill on a daily basis to assist the veterinary team in providing high quality health care for their patients, and support and education to their clients. In this core course, Veterinary Technology students will employ their existing knowledge and skill in the real life clinical environment to further develop their knowledge and proficiency in all aspects of patient care. Students will complete a total of 240 hours (6 weeks) of work placement(s) on a roster basis, Students will engage in clinical related activities related to small animal medicine, surgery & sterile supply, anaesthesia, large animal medicine, diagnostic imaging, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories (VDL) during their 6 weeks of placement. A portion of the placement may be delivered as a distributed placement external to the University?s teaching hospitals. These rosters fit into a 48 week academic year that begins in early January of level III of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 3010RW
    Course Clinical Skills in Veterinary Technology III
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 240 hours; 6 x 40 hour weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of all Level I & Level II courses in Bachelor of Veterinary Technology Program
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description Veterinary Technologists in practice utilise and apply their acquired knowledge and skill on a daily basis to assist the veterinary team in providing high quality health care for their patients, and support and education to their clients. In this core course, Veterinary Technology students will employ their existing knowledge and skill in the real life clinical environment to further develop their knowledge and proficiency in all aspects of patient care. Students will complete a total of 240 hours (6 weeks) of work placement(s) on a roster basis, Students will engage in clinical related activities related to small animal medicine, surgery & sterile supply, anaesthesia, large animal medicine, diagnostic imaging, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories (VDL) during their 6 weeks of placement. A portion of the placement may be delivered as a distributed placement external to the University?s teaching hospitals. These rosters fit into a 48 week academic year that begins in early January of level III of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program.
    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 Demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills in patient management, application of therapies, and clinical duties commensurate with a  Veterinary Technologist in veterinary practice including diagnostic imaging, surgical nursing, clinical laboratory diagnostics, anaesthesia and medical nursing.
    2 Apply the principles of safe working practices including observing workplace health and safety protocols.
    3 Demonstrate an ethical and professional attitude, including interactions with practising veterinarians and nurses, clients and their animals, the public, university support staff, industry representatives, and fellow students.
    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

    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

    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.

    1, 2, 3

    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

    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

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    1, 2

    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Clinical Skills in Veterinary Technology course is a Clinical Rosters course in final year of the Veterinary Technology degree. Students will be placed in clinical rosters within a veterinary hospital setting and mentored by clinical staff. 
    The course enables students to employ the knowledge and skills developed in level 1 & 2 of their program and apply it to real world contexts.
    Workload

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

    Clinical Rosters consist of 240 hours of placement delivered as 6 x 40 hour weeks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course comprises 6 weeks of placement(s). Students will undertake the daily clinical duties of a Veterinary Technologist in the following areas;

    • Small animal medicine
    • Large animal medicine
    • Anaesthesia
    • Surgical Nursing
    • Diagnostic imaging
    • Veterinary diagnostic laboratories
    A week placement is the equivalent of 5 working days (8 hours/day)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance: Attendance in clinical placements is compulsory and a student missing 1 or more days of rotations will be required to make this time up during remediation/make up weeks.

    Completion of competencies and demonstration of Principles of Professional Practice (PoPPs): Students must meet all competency standards and demonstrate PoPPs whilst performing skills and tasks. If competency standards and/or PoPPs are not met/demonstrated, students will be required to attend remediation until all competencies and/or PoPPs are satisfactory.
  • 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/No
    Learning Outcome Due
    Quiz 1 - Diagnostic Imaging Formative & summative 10% No 1 & 2 During placement period
    Quiz 2 - Anaesthesia Formative & summative 10% No 1 & 2 During placement period
    Quiz 3 - Surgical Nursing Formative & summative 10% No 1 & 2 During placement period
    PoPPs Reflection Summative 10% No 3 During placement period
    Learning Diary - Small Animal Summative 20% No 1 During placement period
    Learning Diary - Large Animal Summative 20% No 1 During placement period
    Learning Diary - Diagnostic Laboratoy Summative 20% No 1 During placement period
    Competency and PoPP Standards Summative 0% Yes 1 - 3 During placement period


    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment item with Hurdle or compulsory component % needed to meet hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component If student does not meet hurdle requirement or compulsory component is additional assessment available? Additional Assessment if available
    Attendance on Placement A student missing 1 or more days of rotations will be required to make this time up during remediation/make up weeks
    Competency standards Completion of competency standards Yes Students must meet all competency standards and demonstrate PoPPs whilst performing skills and tasks. If competency standards and/or PoPPs are not met/demonstrated, students will be required to attend remediation until all competencies and/or PoPPs are satisfactory.
    Assessment Detail
    3 x 30 minute quizzes (MCQ and Short Answer; Weighting: 30% / 10% each quiz):
    Students will be required to submit a quiz prior to attending their Diagnostic Imaging, Anaesthesia and Surgical Nursing clinical tutorials with lead nurses/technicians. The students will have 2 attempts at the quiz, and will complete the second attempt after completing their rotations through the associated areas.

    3 x Learning Dairies (Weighting: 60% / 20% each; 900 word equivalent each):
    Students will be required to submit a learning diary following their rotations through the Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • Students will be required to submit a nursing care plan for a patient they nursed during their Small Animal and Large Animal rotations
    • Students will be required to submit a case study for a patient they were involved with during the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory rotation
    1 x Reflection (Weighting: 10%; 500 words):
    Students will complete a reflective journal where they will consider one of the Principles of Professional Practice (PoPPs). Students who have failed to satisfactorily demonstrate PoPP/s during rotations will be required to reflect, and consider the PoPP/s in relation to their professional practice as a veterinary technologist.

    Clinical Rotation Competencies
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to veterinary medicine and diagnostic laboratory procedures and complete a required list of competencies. Students must meet all competency standards and demonstrate PoPPs whilst performing skills and tasks. If competency standards and/or PoPPs are not met/demonstrated, students will be required to attend remediation until all competencies and/or PoPPs are satisfactory.
    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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