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Professional Portfolio B (VETS90081)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90081
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge in the track selected in the preceding semester: Small Animal, Equine, Production Animal, or Government, Industry and Conservation Health. Students will undertake small group practical classes within their chosen track, and record their experiences and their acquisition of professional skills in an e-Portfolio. Students will also undertake advanced training in clinical communication through participation in simulated consultation sessions, and will be observed directly in the performance of specific practical skills. This subject also provides careers training and mentorship through the Practitioner in Residence program. Students receive personal feedback on preparing a curriculum vitae and cover letter for job applications and constructive feedback on a simulated job interview. Throughout the subject, students continue to engage in reflective learning and practise skills to enhance their resilience and well-being.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in a specific list of clinical skills 
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical and non-clinical professional skills in their chosen track 
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and technical skills required for professional practice in their chosen track
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills appropriate for veterinary professional interactions with clients and colleagues, and know how to approach common difficult scenarios in veterinary practice  
  • Demonstrate their practice of reflective learning and self-representation by means of a showcase e-Portfolio 
  • Demonstrate their awareness and practice of strategies to enhance resilience and well-being in the workplace
  • Formulate a detailed career plan and know how to prepare an appropriate curriculum vitae and cover letter for a professional job application 
  • Prepare for a professional job interview with confidence

Generic skills

Students completing this subject will have:

  • The ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting, and to trouble-shoot technical difficulties
  • Advanced experience in observation, interpretation of complex data, problem-solving, time management, record-keeping and communication in both written and verbal formats
  • Verbal and written communication skills appropriate for professional and clinical contexts
  • The ability to deal with integrity and honesty with professional colleagues and clients
  • The capacity to demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people
  • A deep understanding of the vocational aspects of veterinary science
  • A heightened awareness of the veterinarian’s role in society, and the capacity to be a leader in the community

Last updated: 26 April 2019