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Small Animal Practice 1 (VET619)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: YU2-internal
Description The Small Animal Practice (SAP) units SAP 1 and 2 offer supported practical training across all aspects of small animal practice. Multiple types of training appropriate to the diversity of disciplines are offered continuously and students rotate through clinical services, each focused on a distinct discipline within the broad scope of the unit. SAP 1 includes Small Animal Medicine, Primary Care Practice, Shelter Medicine, Wildlife Medicine, Ophthalmology and Unusual Pet Medicine.
Unit Learning Outcomes The SAP 1 and 2 units aim to enable students to obtain the skills required to apply the theoretical training of the previous years of the veterinary course to clinical practice in the relevant disciplines.
Given that students in this unit have completed their didactic training in all aspects of veterinary medicine, on completion of this unit students should have achieved the following Learning Outcomes; 1-6
1. Evaluate consultation information and construct effective problem lists, differential diagnosis lists, diagnostic and treatment plans to common first-presentation cases in the field of small animal medicine, primary care practice, ophthalmology, behaviour, shelter medicine, wildlife and unusual pets;
2. Source, evaluate, integrate and apply relevant published information in managing clinical cases;
3. Use the Hospital computerised clinical record management system in effective case management with appropriate medical record keeping;
4. Communicate effectively with veterinary colleagues, ancillary staff and clients;
5. Exemplify professional behaviour at all times;
6. Work effectively within diversely-composed veterinary teams.
All of the above are to be demonstrated at the job-ready level.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experiences consist of placements (or rotations) of up to two weeks in the service unit providing clinical services relevant to each of the sub-disciplines, to a total of 6 weeks. Within these rotations students will undergo clinical instruction under the supervision of professional and academic clinicians utilising real life cases. Students will also undergo semi structured training with both formal and informal tutorials timetabled within the rotation weeks. Some rotations require you to undertake some self-directed learning tasks on moodle.
Other Learning Experiences Within the Primary care rotation students will spend 1 day in external placement in a primary care practice outside the university.
Within the wildlife rotation students will spend 2 days externally at the Perth Zoo
Within the Ophthalmology rotation students will spend 1 day on external placement at Dr Martin King's referral practice
Within the Shelter rotation students will spend 2 external days at the Cat Haven
Students need to provide their own transport to these external placements
Assessment To achieve a pass in VET619 students must achieve ALL of the following three criteria:
- Clinical Rotations - 40% - Students must achieve a mark of at least 50 % for every section of the rotations (Shelter, Behaviour, Ophthalmology, UPV, Wildlife, SAM, PC).
- OSCE 30%
- Professionalism - Pass/Fail - Students must achieve a satisfactory performance in professionalism in each clinical rotation section.
- CPSE Exam -30%- Students must achieve a mark of at least 50% in the final computer-based progressive disclosure CPSE (Clinical Problem Solving Examination).
Prerequisites Completion of all year 4 units of the BSc/DVM course
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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 Nicole Laing
Lecturer in Small Animal Primary Care

e: N.Laing@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: YU2-Internal
Dr Nicole Laing
Lecturer in Small Animal Primary Care

e: N.Laing@murdoch.edu.au
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