VET TECH 3010RW - Clinical Skills in Veterinary Technology III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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: Mr Brett Smith

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    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 in clinical placements is compulsory and a student missing 2 or more unapproved days in any one placement will be required to repeat the placement. To pass the course students must complete the required competency tasks set for each discipline.
  • 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
    Small Animal Medicine Competencies Formative & summative 17% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    Large Animal Medicine Competencies Formative & summative 17% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    Anaesthesia Competencies Formative & summative 17% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    Surgical Nursing Competencies Formative & summative 17% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    Diagnostic Imaging Competencies Formative & summative 17% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    Vet Diagnostic Lab Competencies Formative & summative 15% Yes 1, 2, 3 During placement period
    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 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 No.

    A student missing 2 or more days of unapproved absence will be required to repeat the entire week.
    Competencies Completion of competency requirements Yes A student not meeting the hurdle of completing the competency requirements will be required to repeat time in placement until the competency is achieved.
    Assessment Detail
    Small Animal Competencies 17%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to small animal medicine, and complete a required list of competencies related to small animal husbandry and medical nursing during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.

    Large Animal Competencies 17%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to large animal medicine, and complete a required list of competencies related to large animal husbandry and medical nursing during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.

    Anaesthesia Competencies 17%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to anaesthesia and complete a required list of competencies related to anaesthesia during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.

    Surgical Nursing Competencies 17%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to surgery & sterile supply and complete a required list of competencies related to surgical nursing and sterile supply during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.

    Diagnostic Imaging Competencies 17%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to diagnostic imaging and complete a required list of competencies related to diagnostic imaging during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.

    Vet Diagnostic Lab Competencies 15%
    Students will engage in clinical duties related to diagnostic laboratory and complete a required list of competencies related to clinical diagnostic tests during their placement. Competency tasks will be practiced during the placement and prior to the student electing to be assessed on their competency.
    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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