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This subject is composed of 20 weeks of Core and Track clinical rotations undertaken within the University Veterinary Hospital and at external locations, and 18 weeks of electives including a minimum of 10 weeks of clinical extramural placements.
An additional two weeks are devoted to completion of a research project in an area of student interest, under the direction of an academic supervisor/mentor. Students also participate in the Capstone activities at the conclusion of their clinical training and assessment tasks.
The Core and Track rotations undertaken within the University Veterinary Hospital include training in clinical disciplines that include small animal general practice, small animal medicine, small animal surgery, equine medicine and surgery, veterinary public health/epidemiology, diagnostic imaging, anaesthesiology, small animal emergency medicine, clinical pathology and anatomical pathology.
The Core and Track rotations undertaken at external sites include training in clinical disciplines such as behaviour, conservation and wildlife medicine, advanced dairy medicine, dairy cattle medicine and surgery, equine general practice, and shelter medicine and surgery.
The clinical extramural placements can be undertaken in approved veterinary practices in Australia or internationally, in government veterinary laboratories or other organisations, or in a veterinary research environment. Students may commence these extramural placements immediately after achieving passes in all DVM 3 level subjects.
After completion of the 40 weeks of clinical training, the subject concludes with a Capstone series of lectures and workshops which review topics that prepare students for transition to the workplace and their veterinary professional careers.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate appropriate, context-specific professional behaviours in order to effectively work within a team and communicate professionally with colleagues and members of the public
- Obtain a history and perform a clinical examination in order to formulate a prioritised differential diagnosis list and devise an appropriate diagnostic plan
- Select, perform and interpret appropriate diagnostic investigations in order to establish a definitive diagnosis
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in entry level clinical skills in order to successfully perform common procedures in the major domestic species
- Evaluate and integrate information from a range of sources in order to identify potential biosecurity and public health issues and implement measures that will limit pathogen transmission to humans or other animals
- Gather and assimilate relevant environmental, animal, herd, client, health and welfare information in order to formulate and recommend prevention, control and therapeutic plans for individual animals and populations
- Apply ethical and legal standards in order to make decisions and recommendations on the appropriate use of medicines and treatments including euthanasia and the completion of certification
- Gather, analyse, synthesise and communicate scientific evidence in order to practice evidence-based medicine and answer a research question
Upon completion of this subject, students 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 trained in all disciplines and aspects of veterinary science
- Be adaptable to changes in their specific field of employment and to advancements in veterinary science in general
- Be confident in their veterinary capabilities on day one post-graduation whilst recognising the limitations of their training
- Be aware of the global society and equipped to contribute to it
- Be a graduate of choice for employers
Last updated: 29 July 2022