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Equine Practice, After-hours, and Diagnostic Imaging (VET618)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: YU2-internal
Description Equine Practice, After-hours and Diagnostic Imaging provides supported practical training across several areas of veterinary clinical practice including equine, emergency after-hours, and diagnostic imaging.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of each of the respective rotations, students will be able to:
Equine Practice (14 day rotation)
1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in handling horses, physical examination, clinical techniques, and the use of common diagnostic procedures used in equine practice to a job ready level.
2. Demonstrate core competencies (such as intravenous injections, intramuscular injections, administration of oral medications) in equine practice to a job ready level.
3. Communicate (spoken and written) using context-applicable language to a job ready level.
4. Apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in equine practice to new clinical cases.
5. Demonstrate a critical and discriminating approach to acquiring new information.
Emergency after-hours in the Equine Hospital (6 day rotation):
6. Exercise a caring respectful responsive approach to after-hours and emergency practice.
7. Demonstrate empathy of the pressures and demands faced by veterinarians and owners in emergency or after-hours veterinary admissions and care.
8. Communicate (spoken and written) using context-applicable language with peers, support staff, mentors and clients in a stressful situation.
Diagnostic imaging (10 day rotation):
9. Demonstrate skills in the use of x-ray equipment, practical radiation safety and image interpretation as used in veterinary practice to a job ready level.
10. Demonstrate core competencies in radiography (such as performing radiographs of the thorax, abdomen, appendicular skeleton and axial skeleton) on both small and large animals to a minimum level acceptable to the radiological council and the profession.
11. Use appropriate imaging language to a job ready level.
12. Apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in diagnostic imaging to clinical cases including use of different imaging modalities.
13. Using a systematic approach, read images, describe the changes correctly and communicate results using appropriate imaging language.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This unit has a wide range of learning experiences, centred around exposure to client-owned animals admitted through the University veterinary hospital and clinics. In addition students will participate in a vibrant ambulatory service for horses. There are also structured learning activities within the diagnostic imaging and equine clinical rotations, supplemented with self-directed activities on the LMS.
Other Learning Experiences Three 2-week placements in the clinical services relevant to the disciplines included in the unit. Learning activities are diverse and detailed in the unit guide.
Assessment Students are assessed by observation of their performance during the equine and diagnostic imaging rotations. Assessment of performance in the after-hours rotation is of participation and is a pass/fail assessment. There are also computer-based examinations and oral presentations in the equine and diagnostic imaging rotations to assess relevant disciplinary knowledge and skills. Specific aspects of the assessments are defined as must-pass as specified in the unit guide, in compliance with professional accreditation requirements.
Prerequisites Completion of the following units: VET632, VET633, VET635, VET637, VET615, VET636, VET607, VET608, VET614.
Notes Refer to unit guide for full details of VET618 pertaining to Equine Practice, Equine Afterhours/MPEC, and Diagnostic Imaging.
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
Associate Professor David Murphy
Associate Professor in Equine Surgery

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6317
e: D.Murphy@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.066 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: YU2-Internal
Associate Professor David Murphy
Associate Professor in Equine Surgery

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6317
e: D.Murphy@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.066 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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