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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (MC-DVETMED) // Notes

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Progression in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

STANDING RULES

A student cannot enrol in any subject in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) course without having completed satisfactorily the prerequisite subject(s).

Convening of the Course Academic Progress Committee (CAPC)

The Faculty's Course Academic Progress Committee will convene after results have been certified for each subject to review the progress of any student in the Repeat the Subject, Repeat the Year or Termination of Enrolment category. Students in these categories will be invited to make an oral and/or written submission to the Committee. The CAPC is authorised to make decisions on behalf of the Faculty with respect to the progress of individual students and to vary the Standing Rules if it deems that progression of a student can be facilitated without adversely affecting academic standards.


STANDING RULES - Years 1, 2 and 3

1. Hurdle Requirements

1.1 Students must pass each subject on the aggregate mark. If a subject is pass/fail only, students must pass that subject outright.
1.2 Students must pass each unit of a subject on the aggregate mark.
1.3 A minimum mark of 40% in the end-of-semester examination component of any subject or unit is required for a student to be eligible to pass that subject or unit. Students obtaining an aggregate mark of 50% or more in a subject or unit but a mark below 40% in the end-of-semester examination of that subject or unit will be required to pass a hurdle reassessment in order to pass that subject or unit.

2. Hurdle Reassessment

2.1 A hurdle reassessment is a further assessment that will be offered for a failed hurdle component of a subject provided that the student has:

  • Achieved a mark of 40% or greater in the subject, and
  • Failed no more than two hurdle requirements across all subjects in that semester.

2.2 Hurdle reassessments will be offered to eligible students following the release of final subject results.
2.3 A hurdle reassessment is a complete examination in the hurdle component and is the sole determinant of the mark for that hurdle component.
2.4 The format of the hurdle reassessment may differ from that of the original assessment. The maximum mark recorded for a hurdle reassessment is 50%.
2.5 Some hurdle requirements may not contribute to the final mark in a subject. Where the numeric result for a hurdle requirement contributes to the overall subject mark, the hurdle reassessment mark will be used in that calculation.
2.6 A hurdle reassessment will not be offered to a student who falls into the Repeat the Subject or Termination of Enrolment category.
2.7 A hurdle reassessment will not be offered to a student who fails a hurdle whilst repeating a subject.

3. Supplementary Examinations

3.1 A supplementary examination will be offered for a subject in which a student achieves a mark between 40% and 49% (inclusive) and has satisfactorily completed all prescribed hurdle requirements.
3.2 A supplementary examination is a complete examination in a subject and is the sole determinant of the final mark for that subject. No earlier assessment components of the subject will contribute to the final mark in that subject. The format of the supplementary examination may differ from that of the original examination(s) in that subject. A supplementary examination may be comprised of more than one assessment type. The maximum mark recorded for a supplementary examination is 50%.
3.3 A supplementary examination will not be offered for a subject in which a student has failed a hurdle reassessment.
3.4 A supplementary examination will not be offered to a student who falls into the Repeat the Subject or Termination of Enrolment category.
3.5 A supplementary examination will not be offered to a student who fails a subject on a repeat attempt.

4. Repeat the Subject

4.1 Students in DVM 1, DVM 2 and DVM 3 are permitted to repeat subjects if they do not fall into the Termination of Enrolment category.
4.2 Repeating students are required to undertake only those subjects that they have failed and must complete all components of those subjects.
4.3 Students repeating one or more subjects must pass all components of those subjects outright and are not eligible for supplementary examinations or hurdle reassessments.

5. Termination of Enrolment

5.1 A DVM 1, DVM 2 or DVM 3 student will be placed in the Termination of Enrolment category if he or she:

  • Fails all subjects in a semester
  • Fails any subject at the first attempt with a mark of less than 40%
  • Fails any repeated subject

STANDING RULES – Year 4

1. Hurdle Requirements

1.1 A student cannot graduate without satisfactorily completing all components of the Veterinary Professional Practice subject.
1.2 Students must pass the Veterinary Professional Practice subject on the aggregate mark.
1.3 Students must pass each of the nine hurdles in the Veterinary Professional Practice subject.

2. Hurdle Reassessment

2.1 A hurdle reassessment is a further assessment that will be offered to eligible students who have failed the research project or up to two internal or external clinical rotations or extramural placements.
2.2 A hurdle reassessment is a complete reassessment of the hurdle component and is the sole determinant of the mark for that hurdle component.
2.3 Where the numeric result for a hurdle requirement contributes to the overall subject mark, the hurdle reassessment mark will be used in that calculation.
2.4 Research Project
2.4.1 Eligible students who fail the research project will be permitted to re-submit the project during the supplementary assessment period. The maximum mark recorded for this hurdle reassessment is 50%.
2.5 Clinical Rotations or Extramural Placements
2.5.1 Eligible students will be permitted to repeat up to two failed internal or external clinical rotations or extramural placements. The failed rotations/placements can be repeated during the year or after the examination period, at the discretion of the DVM 4 coordinators. The duration of the repeated rotation/placement will be decided by the DVM 4 coordinators. The maximum mark recorded for a repeat rotation/placement is 50%
2.6 A hurdle reassessment will not be offered to a student who falls into the Repeat the Year or Termination of Enrolment category.
2.7 A hurdle reassessment will not be offered to a student who fails a hurdle whilst repeating Veterinary Professional Practice.

3. Supplementary Assessment

3.1 Students will be offered supplementary assessment if they do not fall into the Repeat the Year or Termination of Enrolment category. To be eligible for supplementary assessment, students must have passed at least four of the five themes of Veterinary Professional Practice and have an overall subject mark of at least 40%.
3.2 Supplementary assessment will be offered to eligible students who fail the end-of-year written examination.
3.3 Supplementary assessment will be offered to eligible students who fail three internal or external clinical rotations or extramural placements.
3.4 Supplementary assessment will be offered to eligible students who fail one repeated internal or external clinical rotation or extramural placement.
3.5 Supplementary assessment will be offered to eligible students who fail one of the five themes in Veterinary Professional Practice with a mark in that theme of at least 40%.
3.6 Supplementary assessment will not be offered if a student has failed a hurdle reassessment for the research project.
3.7 Supplementary assessment will not be offered to a student who falls into the Repeat the Year or Termination of Enrolment category.
3.8 Supplementary assessment will not be offered to a student who fails any hurdle whilst repeating the year.
3.9 A supplementary assessment is the sole determinant of the final mark for the subject. No earlier assessment components of the subject will contribute to the final mark. The maximum mark that can be recorded for the subject after supplementary assessment is 50%.
3.10 The format of the supplementary assessment may differ from that of the original assessment(s) and may involve more than one component and type of assessment.

4. Repeat the Year

4.1 A DVM 4 student who does not fall into the Termination of Enrolment category will be permitted to repeat the year if he or she:

  • fails four or more internal or external clinical rotations or extramural placements, or
  • fails more than one repeated internal or external clinical rotation or extramural placement, or
  • fails the research project after hurdle reassessment, or
  • fails a supplementary examination, or
  • fails Veterinary Professional Practice after hurdle reassessment or supplementary assessment with a mark between 40 and 49%.

4.2 Repeating DVM 4 students are required to undertake and successfully complete all components of Veterinary Professional Practice on the first repeated attempt. Repeating students are not eligible for hurdle reassessment or supplementary assessment.

5. Termination of Enrolment

5.1 A DVM 4 student will be placed in the Termination of Enrolment category if he or she:

  • fails Veterinary Professional Practice at the first attempt with a mark of less than 40%, or
  • fails any of the five themes of Veterinary Professional Practice with a mark of less than 40%, or
  • fails two or more of the five themes of Veterinary Professional Practice, or
  • fails any hurdle in a repeated year.
Last updated: 2 May 2019