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Veterinary Industry Internship (VETS90031)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90031
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is a capstone internship experience subject, which enables students to integrate the knowledge acquired through their coursework and apply this knowledge within the veterinary industry. Students will undertake a six week placement within a relevant organisation and develop the professional skills required to function within such an organisation. The subject aims to provide students with an extended work based experience within a veterinary industry of their choice, including government, private industry or a non-government organisation (NGO). Students will have the opportunity to develop their experience of working with and leading diverse teams within the workplace setting. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the role of veterinarians within this industry, and of graduate employer expectations.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems that arise in practical settings and professional contexts in veterinary science and develop an integrated understanding of knowledge and practice
  • Investigate, evaluate, interpret and manage problems encountered within the veterinary industry employing practical skills and the application of knowledge.
  • Display leadership qualities when working with diverse teams in the workplace
  • Exhibit high level professional skills including communication, decision making, team work and networking.

Generic skills

Students completing this subject will:

  • Be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method
  • Deal with integrity and honesty with professional colleagues, clients and the general public
  • Demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people
  • Possess an understanding of both scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science
  • Be motivated to be a veterinarian, aware of the veterinarian’s place in society, and prepared to be a leader in the community
  • Have broad knowledge of veterinary science and be able to develop intellectual and physical skills as circumstances dictate
  • Be adaptable to changes in their specific field of employment and to advancements in veterinary science in general
  • Be aware of the global society and equipped to contribute to it

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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



1. Work placement Assessment, due during individual students' placement (50%)

(Students will be assessed by their placement supervisor on their contributions to activities and tasks within their organisation. Assessment will also encompass evaluation of attendance and punctuality, theoretical knowledge, professional demeanour, oral and written communication skills, initiative and enthusiasm. )

2. Assignment (2000 words) due at the end of study period (50%)

Dates & times

  • January
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursEquivalent of 6 weeks work based placement (approximately 240 hours)
    Total time commitment280 hours
    Teaching period14 January 2019 to 4 November 2019
    Last self-enrol date14 March 2019
    Census date22 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail16 August 2019
    Assessment period ends 4 December 2019

    January contact information

Time commitment details

280 Hours

Further information

Last updated: 14 August 2019