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Small Animal Practice 2 (VET638)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: YU2-internal
Description This is one of two units (SAP 1 and SAP 2) that offer supported practical training across all aspects of small animal practice. Multiple types of training are offered continuously and students rotate through in small groups. SAP 2 includes Small Animal Surgery, Anaesthesia (large and small animal), Emergency and Critical Care and Dermatology. Students completing these units will graduate competent for registration and employment in small animal clinical practice.
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 be able to:
1. Demonstrate application of knowledge and skills in anaesthesia, dentistry, dermatology, emergency and critical care and small animal surgery
2. Evaluate consultation information and construct effective problem lists, differential diagnosis lists, diagnostic and treatment plans
3. Integrate relevant published information in the veterinary literature in managing clinical cases
4. Interact effectively with the Hospital computerised clinical record management system in effective case management
5. Communicate professionally and effectively with veterinary colleagues, ancillary staff and clients
6. Exemplify professional behaviour and the ability to work effectively within a veterinary team of any composition
All of the above are to be demonstrated at the job-ready level.
Timetabled Learning Activities For all rotations apart from Emergency and Critical Care, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm or as clinical case load dictates and Saturday and Sunday 8am-11am (surgery only) students will be involved in clinical rotations within the Hospital. For Emergency and Critical Care, students will be rostered onto 4 total clinical shifts between 7:30am-5:30pm and 5:00pm-3:00am, Monday-Sunday. 40% of the assessment of VET638 comes from the timetabled clinical rotations.
Unit Learning Experiences There are 2 x 2 week rotations (Anaesthesia and Small Animal Surgery), 1 x 1 week rotation (Emergency and Critical Care) and 2 x part-week rotations (Dermatology and Dentistry) in VET683, totalling 6 weeks in all.
Other Learning Experiences Students will have the option of attending emergency after-hours surgeries if available.
Assessment Students must achieve a pass in ALL of the following three criteria:
1. Clinical Rotations (40%): Achieve a mark of at least 50 % for every section of the rotations.
2. Professionalism: Achieve a satisfactory performance in professionalism in each clinical rotation section - Pass / Fail.
3. CPSE Exam (30%): Achieve a mark of at least 50% in the final computer-based progressive disclosure CPSE.
4. OSCE Exam (30%): Achieve a mark of at least 65% in the final OSCE. To achieve a mark of at least 65% in the OSCE, the student must pass at least four out of the six (4/6) of the OSCE stations. Each station will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Prerequisites All units from Years 1 - 4 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
Ms Melissa Claus
Lecturer in Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6527
e: M.Claus@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.121 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: YU2-Internal
Ms Melissa Claus
Lecturer in Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6527
e: M.Claus@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.121 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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