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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject provides Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students ongoing study of the principles of diagnostic and management processes. Students will be given opportunities to apply these principles in the context of a variety of species and disease states in practical classes. Students will have the opportunity to develop enhanced skills and knowledge in their professional area of interest and will participate in work-integrated experiences by choosing to participate in one of four Tracks: Small Animal, Equine, Production Animal, or Government, Industry and Conservation Health. Students will be given opportunities to acquire proficiency in clinical skills to support their transition to curricular and extramural clinical experiences, and to reflect on their development of a defined set of entrustable professional activities. This subject also equips students with skills to enhance their strategies for optimising well-being and to utilise legal and ethical frameworks in practice.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Participate in and reflect on clinical and non-clinical skills related to working with a selected species or field (small animal, equine, production animals, or government, industry and conservation health) in order to become familiar with, and maintain well-being in, the professional environment
- Demonstrate the psychomotor skills required for entry to a clinical teaching environment in order to safely carry out clinical procedures in authentic clinical practice
- Demonstrate practice of reflective learning, professional self-representation, and verbal and written communication skills appropriate for professional interactions with clients, colleagues and potential employers
- Explain and apply the principles of collecting specimens for and interpreting diagnostic tests, and the principles of performing medical and surgical procedures in order to diagnose and manage clinical veterinary problems while taking into account animal welfare, public health and economics
Students completing this subject will have:
- Enhanced ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting, and to trouble-shoot technical difficulties
- Experience in observation, interpretation of complex data, problem-solving, time management, record-keeping and communication in both written and verbal formats
- Enhanced 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 deeper 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: 20 August 2021