VET TECH 3015RW - Managing Animals in Emergencies

Roseworthy Campus - Quadmester 2 - 2022

Veterinary professionals play an integral role in emergency events that impact animal welfare such as floods, bush fires, earthquakes and terrorist attacks. Animal emergency management is a new discipline that provides a framework for various agencies to work together with a transdisciplinary approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency events. Animal emergency management requires an understanding of the core principles and phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) at a state, regional and local level. This course will provide the student with basic tools and skills to contribute to animal emergency management and improve human and animal wellbeing. The course will be delivered via an intensive model with a mixture of online learning experiences and blocked week of practical or workshop activities. Students will engage in a field trip to an animal facility during the blocked week of practicals/workshops in order to perform a risk assessment aligned to their course assessment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 3015RW
    Course Managing Animals in Emergencies
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Quadmester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 6 hours p/w intense and 37.5 hour (1 week) block practical
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET TECH 2015RW and VET TECH 2525RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description Veterinary professionals play an integral role in emergency events that impact animal welfare such as floods, bush fires, earthquakes and terrorist attacks. Animal emergency management is a new discipline that provides a framework for various agencies to work together with a transdisciplinary approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency events. Animal emergency management requires an understanding of the core principles and phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) at a state, regional and local level. This course will provide the student with basic tools and skills to contribute to animal emergency management and improve human and animal wellbeing. The course will be delivered via an intensive model with a mixture of online learning experiences and blocked week of practical or workshop activities. Students will engage in a field trip to an animal facility during the blocked week of practicals/workshops in order to perform a risk assessment aligned to their course assessment.
    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 Explain the four phases of emergency management and how animals should be integrated into each phase.
    2 Analyse the potential consequences of disasters and emergency events on animal welfare.
    3 Explain the interdependencies of humans, animals and the environment and how these interdependencies can impact emergency management.
    4 Apply a relevant incident coordination system and analysis limitations and benefits in relation to animal emergency management.
    5 Integrate the principles of animal emergency management in an animal facility
    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

    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, 3, 4, 5

    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.

    4, 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.

    3, 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.

    3

    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.

    3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops addressing:     
    • Principles of emergency management including terminology
    • Principles of animal emergency management
    • Roles in animal emergency management
    • Coordinated incident command/coordination system – application, benefits and limitations
    • Transdisciplinary approach to emergency management
    • Coordination of animal emergency management
    • Animal behaviour in emergencies
    • Veterinary emergency response
    • Technical large animal rescue
    • Indigenous perspectives and considerations in animal emergency management
    • One welfare concepts in emergency management
    • Decision making in emergency response
    • Psychological first aid
    • Communication in emergency management
    • Public education
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course will be taught via an intense delivery schedule including online learning experiences and an in-person practical/workshop week on campus. Attendance at all workshops and practical classes, and completion of workshop activities is compulsory.
    One of the practical sessions will comprise of a field trip.
  • 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
    Online Quiz 1 Formative, summative 10% No 1, 2 Week 2 of course delivery
    Online Quiz 2 Formative, summative 10% No 2, 4 Week 5 of course delivery
    Group Presentation Formative, summative 20% No 2, 3 Week 6 of course delivery
    Report Formative, summative 40% Yes 2, 5 Week 7 of course delivery
    Scenario Formative, summative 20% No 3, 4 Week 7 of course delivery
    Workshop, tutorials & practical sessions Formative 0% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4 Weekly
    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
    Report 50% Yes Additional Report
    Practical class/workshop attendance and participation is compulsory 90% of sessions Yes Sessions missed due to approved absences may be replaced with additional or alternative activities based on the availability of resources. Some activities are time and resource heavy which prevents repeating sessions.
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz 1 (10%)
    Students will be tested on their familiarity with general emergency management and animal emergency management principles and terminology described and used in the first lectures and course material. The online quiz will be for up to 40 mins in duration with a mixture of multiple-choice and /or short answer type questions.

    Quiz 2 (10%)
    Students will be tested on their ability to apply principles of animal emergency management. The online quiz will be for up to 40 mins in duration with a mixture of multiple-choice and/ or short answer type questions.

    Group Presentation (20%)
    Each group will select a topic in public education on animal emergency preparedness in consultation with emergency management (EM) practitioners. Each video will be marked (peer marked and marked by teachers and EM practitioners). Each group (up to 6 students in each group) will submit a video of an information session, fact-sheet or product to an online platform. Each group will provide a presentation (max 15 minutes followed by 5 mins of questions). The weightage for peer marks (5%), teachers/ EM practitioner marks will contribute 15%.

    Report (40%)
    Students will critically analyse the inclusion/exclusion of animal emergency management principles within an animal facility, perform a hazard and risk assessment, and include recommendations for improvements. The report will not exceed a maximum 4,000 words. Students will have the opportunity to perform a risk assessment of a facility during the practical/workshop weeks as an example of how to perform such an assessment. This facility cannot be used for the report.   

    Scenario (20%)
    Students will be assigned response roles in a tabletop exercise / scenario that will require student to respond to an emergency event involving animals. The scenario will assess students’ communication, problem solving, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and teamwork in a high stress ambiguous environment. Students will be in groups and will be appointed an observer who will assess the students.

    Workshop, Tutorials & Practical sessions (0%)
    The workshops, tutorials & practical sessions assist in the synthesis and application of knowledge building on the theoretical learning experiences. It is essential for students to engage in these sessions and complete the activities to establish contextualised approaches to the broader animal emergency management processes.
    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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