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Preclinical Placements (VET310)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 0
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal
Description Develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by farmers and other animal enterprises by spending the equivalent of seven weeks on selected animal enterprises mostly during the non-teaching periods from the end of first year until the end of third year of the DVM programme. Pre-clinical placements help develop communication skills needed to interact with the farming community and competently handle livestock. Assisting students to appreciate the link between the farming management practices and animal health outcomes.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will:

1. Approach and handle cattle, small stock and horses safely and confidently;
2. Describe and evaluate the need for the common husbandry procedures performed on the domestic animal species;
3. Describe and analyse a given animal enterprise with reference to the generic major components common to all animal husbandry systems;
4. Report and evaluate the basic economics of an animal enterprise as appropriate to a veterinary consultant;
5. Communicate effectively with a worker in a cattle, sheep or horse husbandry environment using appropriate language and terminology;
6. Work as an effective team member in an animal husbandry operation.
Timetabled Learning Activities A 1 hour briefing lecture in preparation for pre-clinical placements. There are no further timetabled contact sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit takes the form of student exposure in appropriate animal husbandry environments, with recording of and reflection on these experiences. This occurs with the academic support and guidance of the teaching staff and within the administrative environment provided by the College, but is largely student-driven.
Other Learning Experiences An equivalent of 7 weeks of non-timetabled self-directed pre-clinical placements to be completed by the end of S2 year 3 of the DVM course.
Assessment Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the animal handling and common husbandry opportunities they were exposed to during the placements. This reflection will be in the form of a prescribed daily activity log of all activities observed and performed.
Students should hand in a written report based on a given rubric addressing specific topics related to the pre-clinical placements. This report will evaluate the student's writing skills, critical and creative thinking and understanding of the intricate management of animal enterprises.
Pre-clinical placements are compulsory and students should complete the required placements satisfactorily. Students should also demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and communication skills.
Prerequisites ANS101; Nationally accredited Farm Safety Certificate or approved equivalent.
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Khama Kelman
Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2177
e: k.kelman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.008 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: H-Internal
Dr Khama Kelman
Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2177
e: k.kelman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.008 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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