Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Advanced Topics in Non-Clinical Veterinary Science (VET646)
|Organisational Unit||Veterinary Medicine|
|Description||This elective unit allows students to gain expertise in a range of non-clinical veterinary professional activities including public health, policy and regulatory work, animal and pharmaceutical industries, research, and animal health and welfare advocacy. Students have the opportunity to extend their theoretical knowledge and develop advanced specific skills and professional competence. A significant portion of, or the entire unit involves externships with one or more approved agencies.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Use an evidence-based approach to appropriately address a task appropriate to a non-clinical veterinary professional activity 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 particular importance to veterinarians in non-clinical veterinary professional roles;
4. Devise and present innovative solutions to complex problems, utilising cross-disciplinary knowledge and approaches;
5. For students enrolled in this unit for on-plant veterinarian (OPV) or further research training, learning outcomes specific to those activities will apply.
|Timetabled Learning Activities|
|Unit Learning Experiences||Workplace learning: Ten weeks of project work or placements in appropriate settings to the learning outcomes. Examples of suitable placements include:
· A Federal or State Department of Agriculture head office (eg. DAWR, DAFWA or similar);
· The animal health division of a multinational corporate entity (eg. Bayer, Zoetis, Hoechst etc.);
· A project or workplace in a setting where work relevant to the topic of the assignment is performed (this could take the form of a group excursion). Up to 2 weeks of flexible placements are permissible. All placements are subject to the approval of the unit coordinator.
. On-plant veterinarian training: This consists of a combination of structured and online training and placements conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. This training is subject to availability.
|Other Learning Experiences||Workplace learning: Ten weeks of placements in appropriate settings to the learning outcomes. Suitable placements include: a Federal or State Department of Agriculture head office (eg. DAWR, DAFWA or similar); the animal health division of a multinational corporate entity (eg. Bayer, Zoetis, Hoechst etc.); a project or workplace in a setting where work relevant to the topic of the assignment is performed (this could be a group excursion).
Students selecting the project option will develop a program to enable further outputs from their DVM project work, as defined in consultation with the student's supervisor and unit coordinator and subject to the approval of the unit coordinator.
On-plant veterinarian training: consists of a combination of structured training and placements.
|Assessment||Assessment consists of submissions and a presentation based on the exposure gained during the unit. Assessment may include peer evaluation.
Assessment items portfolio, written critique and journal are required for students not doing the OPV training option, whereas items placement portfolio and written critique are required for students who complete OPV training.
|Prerequisites||All year 4 units of the BSc/DVM course.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|