|Award title||Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice|
|Year & campus||2021|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||50 credit points|
|Duration||6 months full-time|
Veterinary General Practitioners are the main health care providers to a wide range of animals. They are expected to ensure quality of care is delivered to all their patients via strategies that include disease prevention advice as well as medical and surgical interventions. To achieve this, they require a broad understanding of many health areas that allows them to give holistic and balanced patient care.
This practical and immersive Graduate Certificate is designed to broaden and increase the general practitioner’s depth of knowledge and understanding of the common problems encountered in small animal veterinary practice, thus making practice more efficient, enjoyable and effective.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a degree in Veterinary Science, or an equivalent qualification from a Veterinary School listed in the World Health Organisation Directory of Veterinary Schools; and
- a minimum of 2 years of professional experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the professional experience;
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board Rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
Inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete this course that must be met by all students. For information on the inherent requirements specific to this course contact the course/program coordinator. In some circumstances reasonable adjustments may be available to enable students to meet these requirements while still preserving the academic integrity of the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. For more information on how to seek these adjustments refer to the Student Equity and Disability Support website: https://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of the course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological principles that relate to small animal veterinary practice
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and therapy to successfully manage systems including: cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal gastrointestinal, renal, urinary tract, reproductive. Metabolic, endocrine, haem lymphatic, neurologic, musculo‐skeletal, ophthalmic, integumentary;
- Accurately prioritise a patient's problems;
- Demonstrate effective assessment and management conditions relating to internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology;
- Apply the principles of anaesthesia and analgesia;
- Communicate surgical procedures including techniques and complications;
- Evaluate medical conditions including the dose, indications, mechanism of action, contraindications and drug interactions;
- Create fluid therapy and transfusion therapy plans considering uses, limitations and risks
- Interpret various tests and monitoring and procedures commonly used in small animal veterinary practice;
- Justify preventative medicine protocols that apply to small animal practice;
- Produce nutrition plans for various medical conditions;
- Communicate ethical dilemmas of animal welfare as it relates to veterinary practice.
- Successful candidate will develop skills in problem solving, analysis and written and verbal communication.
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
Leaders in communities:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
All subjects are compulsory:
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|VETS90111||Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Welfare||Not available in 2021||12.5|
|VETS90112||Surgery, Dentistry and Anaesthesia||Not available in 2021||12.5|
|VETS90113||Medicine, Oncology and Cardiology||Not available in 2021||12.5|
|VETS90114||Diagnostics and Therapeutics||Not available in 2021||12.5|
Last updated: 5 March 2021