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Veterinary Professional Life I (VET210)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description Veterinary Professional Life is a whole-of-course professional curriculum, guiding the development of the key competencies important to professional success. This unit introduces the foundational framework and enabling skills within the VPL themes: Skills for Success; Scientific Basis of Veterinary Medicine; and Veterinary Professional Practice. Learning experiences include interactive lectures, workshops; guest seminars; and one compulsory activity: a 3-day off-campus camp. The unit allows students to develop the professional skills, competencies and behaviour required for success in life.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Reflect on key personal & professional attributes important for success in veterinary careers, in a range of potential veterinary careers
2. Discuss the identification and management of risks to health and well-being in veterinary practice
3. Reflect on the integration of personal values and behaviours, with societal and professional expectations (professionalism)
4. Identify and develop fundamental skills in veterinary communication, emotional intelligence, professional collaboration and mindfulness
5. Reflect on the psychological basis for effective communication, collaborative relationships, and professional well-being
6. Apply reflective practice to enhance learning and to facilitate personal and professional development
7. Understand basic concepts in veterinary economics
8. Demonstrate ethical reasoning and professionalism and teamwork when discussing challenging animal care issues
9. Demonstrate professional behaviours and respect towards other colleagues and staff
10. Construct a portfolio of evidence for professional development with reference to VPL events or other personal/professional development opportunities encountered through the course.
11. Demonstrate safe and effective handling of four domestic species in a farm environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 x 1 hours per week; seminars: 1 hour per week; psychology seminars: 1 hour per week for 5 weeks; VPL workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is the first of a series of Veterinary Professional Life units and associated learning activities across the BSc/DVM course. As such, most topics and learning outcomes are revisited in future activities and assessments and involve interaction with many representatives of the veterinary profession.
Learning outcomes in this unit are pursued through a variety of learning experiences, including interactive lectures, professional guest seminars given by a variety of veterinarians, small-group workshops, class debates on veterinary ethical dilemmas, mindfulness seminars, and reflective written assessments. One major experiential learning opportunity occurs in a non-teaching period, a 3-day off-campus camp. This unit also includes an animal handling practical and assessment (which may have been completed in the preceding 12 months).
Other Learning Experiences Off-campus camp (3 days in non-teaching period).
Animal Handling Practical assessment (at Murdoch University farm).
Assessment Assessment in this unit is primarily in the form of written reflection; that is, personalised interpretations of the learning outcomes and their application to future careers. To ensure opportunity for experiential learning and feedback, satisfactory participation or completion is required for all assessment components before a pass grade can be awarded.
Portfolio of written reflections 45%
Communication skills 20%
Professionalism (participation and interview reflection) - 10%
Competency in Animal Handling - 25%.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM (B1330); successful completion of all BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM Part I units, or accepted equivalents.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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