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Advanced Topics in Production Animal Practice (VET644)

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 veterinary aspects of production animal medicine. Students will have the opportunity to extend their theoretical knowledge and develop practical 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 a case* typical of production animal practice at a level acceptable to the profession and your career stage.
2. Communicate using context-applicable language at a level acceptable to the profession and your career stage.
3. Identify and reflect on challenges and rewards of importance to practitioners (ethical, financial, self-care) in production animal practice

*'Manage a case': Proceed through all stages from case presentation to case conclusion, with due consideration of clinical considerations as well as context, welfare, ethical and financial considerations. A case may be individual patient, group of patients, herd/flock/mob, premises or outbreak or other typical tasks presented to the practitioners of the elective discipline in question.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Most of the learning in this unit will take place under the supervision of industry veterinary practitioners as part of their day to day business operation of a production animal practice. Students will seek placements in appropriate practices to facilitate the meeting of the learning objectives.
There will be some opportunity for students to engage with formal teaching sessions arranged at the University using University farm animals. These will include practical workshops and animal handling sessions.

This unit will be comprised of 12 weeks of exposure in support of the learning objectives. There is one prescribed requirement for this unit:

That students complete at least six weeks of placement in one or two purely production animal practices (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, fish, alpacas - horses are not production animals). These practices must have a genuine production animal focus, the criteria being that on your placement you must spend at least 80% of your time on production animal veterinary practice. It is acceptable to attend a mixed practice where a student will arrange to spend all their time with the production animal veterinarian.

The remaining weeks are to be made up of:
· External placements: These are to be student-selected work placements. Students may spend a maximum of four weeks in any single placement. These placements can be mixed practices or practices that specialise a single species eg. Equine only. The UC will provide for significant flexibility and students are encouraged to check the suitability of a placement with a UC. The guiding principal is that students need to be supervised by a veterinarian capable of registering in WA. Overseas placements are encouraged. And/or,
· Attendance of conferences, symposia and other CPD events relevant to the unit. And/or,
· Internal electives. A list of these will be produced with specific dates attached. Preferential selection exists for a few electives - for instance, Production Stream students have first option for the Esperance Pregnancy Diagnosis elective. The list will provide details of these preferential selections.

Assessment Assessment in this unit is a mixture of reflective writing and collation of a portfolio of experiences, provision of a detailed and reflective case log, preparation of a high-level, evidence-based, fully-referenced case report and the presentation of a topic of interest.
Prerequisites Completion of the following: VET632, VET633, VET635, VET637, VET615, VET636, VET607, VET608, VET614.
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 Joshua Aleri
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health and Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2255
e: J.Aleri@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.095 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS23-Internal
Dr Joshua Aleri
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health and Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2255
e: J.Aleri@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.095 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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