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Advanced Topics in Equine Practice (VET643)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 9
Availability MURDOCH: TS23-internal
Description This 12 week full-time unit allows students to undertake focused study in the discipline of equine practice. Students will have the opportunity to extend their theoretical knowledge and develop species-specific skills and professional competence beyond the minimum standards required for graduation and registration. As part of this unit students will be required to participate in learning activities off campus.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Use evidence-based medicine to appropriately manage cases typically seen in equine general practice at a level acceptable to the profession and their stage of career. This includes diagnostic work-up, interpretation of ancillary tests and correct treatment.
2. Perform a complete clinical examination of a horse and demonstrate clinical problem solving skills based on body systems (lameness evaluation, colic triage, etc)
3. Safely handle and restrain horses in order to examine, diagnose and treat them.
4. Communicate using context-applicable language at several levels acceptable to the profession and their stage of career
Identify challenges and rewards of particular importance to equine practitioners such as ethical, financial and self-care considerations.
Timetabled Learning Activities During the in-house training, structured learning activities will include small group tutorials, seminars by invited speakers and practical classes which will be offered most days during this block.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit consists of placements in relevant clinical environments.

External placements may take place at equine practices anywhere in the world, which ideally should be 2 weeks long, making up 4 or 5 different placements. Students get to organizes these placements themselves which need to be approved by the UC and the duration of each placement may vary with approval from the UC. In addition, students may choose one two-week block during this time in the discipline of their choice which does not have to be equine related.

A 2-4 week block of in house intensive learning opportunities is provided at TAHMU Equine Hospital which will comprise a mixture of clinical rotations, hands-on practical classes, specialized tutorials and lectures from outside experts in the equine industry. Students will be involved in hospital admissions, treatment and management of hospitalized patients and daily clinical activities such as diagnostic procedures and surgery in the mornings and structured teaching and learning activities will take place in the afternoons. Examples of these include equine dentistry, farriery instruction and nerve block practical classes using cadavers and live animals.
Other Learning Experiences Self-directed learning between scheduled activities is encouraged during external and internal placement, centred on clinical cases observed. During internal placements participation in clinical cases may be supplemented by group discussions, tutorials and hospital case rounds.
Assessment Assessment for this unit will consist of completion of a case log, peer-reviewed case reports, a detailed case report and a reflective journal.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. Completion of VET301, VET331, VET333, VET608 and completion of concurrent enrolment in VET618.
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.


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Dr Rachael Smith
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2670
e: R.Smith@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.067 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS23-Internal
Dr Rachael Smith
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2670
e: R.Smith@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.067 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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