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Veterinary Clinical Skills (VETS40017)

Undergraduate level 4Points: 50On Campus (Werribee)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 4
Subject codeVETS40017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to incoming exchange students.

It is not available for students enrolled in an award program at the University of Melbourne.

The subject consists of blocks of practical work in clinical disciplines selected by the student and approved by the subject coordinator. This may be undertaken in the Veterinary Hospital, specialised academic units, research laboratories or approved practices.

Intended learning outcomes

The subject enables students to spend extra time in areas of particular interest to them. Thus they could spend time in a specific practice (such as agricultural animal, equine, small animal) or a specific discipline (such as diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, small animal surgery, equine medicine and surgery, neurology) subject to availability of suitable places.

Generic skills

Students completing this subject should have acquired the following:

  • Cognitive, analytic and problem solving skills, involving independent thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning
  • Respect for intellectual integrity and professional ethics
  • Professional and technical skills
  • Writing skills and the use of advanced communication technologies
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Community and leadership skills including facility in public speaking and presentation
  • People management, the ability to participate effectively in collaborative learning, interpersonal relationships and grief counselling
  • Finance and business management skills

Eligibility and requirements


Completion of adequate pre-clinical training.

Enrolment into this subject requires approval of the subject coordinator.

The language of instruction is English. Students must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Students approved for enrolment into this subject participate in the clinical elective rotations alongside students formally enrolled in the veterinary science course of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Opportunities to enrol into this subject each semester are limited by the capacity of the Veterinary Hospital to accommodate additional students.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

A sound understanding of structure, function and dysfunction in domestic animals and diseases of importance in domestic animals and principles of their treatment.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Satisfactory performance in each of four elective rotations (blocks) during semester 4 x 20% (80%)
  • 1-hour end-of-semester examination covering all aspects of the rotations (20%)

To successfully pass this subject a student must pass the examination and each elective rotation.

Dates & times

  • February
    CoordinatorBrett Tennent-Brown
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Werribee
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment480 hours
    Teaching period 6 February 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 March 2019
    Census date 8 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    February contact information

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorBrett Tennent-Brown
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Werribee
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment480 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

480 hours

Further information

  • Texts

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  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 25 April 2019