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Introduction to Clinical Practice (VET331)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to clinical practice and therefore prepares the veterinary student to be able to safely and actively participate in clinical placements across all major domestic species. The topics covered in this unit include pharmacology, radiography (including radiation safety) and introductions to clinical practice in the major veterinary species.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students should:
1. Be able to conduct a basic clinical examination on cattle, horses, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and pigs;
2. Have basic knowledge of the most commonly used drugs in private practice;
3. Be able to calculate drug doses with a high level of accuracy;
4. Understand the importance and legal requirements of radiation safety;
5. Understand the principles of radiography and ultrasonography;
6. Understand the strategies that are used to combat diseases that are preventable through vaccination and also how some common parasite problems are managed;
7. Have a basic understanding of medical records, animal euthanasia and disposal, animal insurance, and biosecurity; and
8. Have an appreciation of the aims of managing wildlife that is presented to private veterinary practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 4 x 1 hours per week; Practical classes: 1 x 3 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit contains structured timetabled learning as lectures and practicals. Resources will be provided to learn how to calculate drug doses but the learning of this skill will be largely self-directed.
Other Learning Experiences Ad hoc tutorials are held for students who need assistance with dose calculations.
Assessment Assessment 1: Mid-semester test - 25%
Assessment 2: Dose calculation test - 20%
Assessment 3: Radiography examination - 25%
Assessment 4: Final Examination - 30%
Prerequisites ANS101 (Introduction to Livestock Science), VET273 (Veterinary Animal Function and Structure III), VET274 (Veterinary Animal Function and Structure IV), VET211 (Principles of Infectious Diseases I), VET278 (Principles of Infectious Diseases II).
Notes Dose Calculation Test = a one-off test that occurs during a lecture slot.
Intra-semester Radiography Test = a one-off test that occurs during a practical session.
The mastery of calculating drug doses is developed by the students using practice questions and answers provided to them at the beginning of semester. This skill is assessed and if necessary, a student may need to repeat this assessment to achieve the minimum pass mark, which is 90%. Opportunities for ad hoc tutorials are provided to students who are not meeting the minimum requirements for this skill.
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 Tim Hyndman
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7348
e: T.Hyndman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.030 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Tim Hyndman
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7348
e: T.Hyndman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.030 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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