INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE

VET1IVN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the various roles of a veterinary nurse, other veterinary team members, and their roles and interactions in a veterinary context. Students are also introduced to the different areas of a veterinary hospital/clinic and their layout. The veterinary nurse's role in working with animals, owners, team members, facilities, equipment and supplies within a business environment will be examined. The subject is designed to allow students to begin to develop and practice a wide range of veterinary nursing technical skills required by practicing veterinary nurses. The students are introduced to the important role of reflective practice and develop this approach through the use of a weekly reflective journal. Students participate in regular laboratory workshops which introduce a number of clinical skills required in veterinary nursing practice, which are practiced further during work integrated learning placements. Students further develop their understanding of a veterinary nurse's role, including legal, ethical and work, health and safety (WHS) responsibilities.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing, 3rd ednPrescribedAckerman, N (Ed) 2016Elsevier
ReadingsBSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing, 5th ednPrescribedTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E (Eds) 2011British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate introductory level skills in routine veterinary nursing practice to prepare for supervised tasks in clinical practice

Activities:
During workshops students will work in teams to practice a range of simulated routine veterinary nursing skills.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

02. From a legal, ethical, animal welfare and clinical perspective, reflect upon the appropriate role of a veterinary nurse as part of a collaborative veterinary team.

Activities:
During workshops students will work through a range of authentic case studies in teams, where they will discuss and reflect upon what is the appropriate role of a veterinary nurse as part of a veterinary team.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Explain how to recognize and mitigate Work Health & Safety (WHS) risks, and apply a one-health perspective within a veterinary practice

Activities:
Student teams will examine authentic simulated WHS risk situations and come up with suggestions as to how to mitigate them, as part of their workshops. Individual students will be required to recognize an authentic WHS risk situation during their practical test, and will be required to explain how they would address this.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Apply the relevant regulations and WHS considerations to dispensing and supplying a selection of common veterinary pharmaceuticals

Activities:
During their workshops, student teams will problem solve together a range of authentic veterinary drug and dispensing case study scenarios (including the real drug packaging and information sheets), where they will need to apply the relevant regulations and WHS considerations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Reflect upon one's own knowledge and skill gaps in clinical settings

Activities:
Students keep a weekly journal, where they reflect upon their clinical scenarios and determine whether they need to follow up on aspects of their learning.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"WIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20 x 5 minute pre-workshop online quizzes (1600 words equivalent)Pre-workshop quiz before each of the twice weekly workshops 30 01, 02, 03, 04
1 x 40 minute individual practical test (2000 word equivalent)Practical Test covering of a range of introductory level skills in veterinary nursing practice.40 01, 03, 04
Reflective Placement Journal (500 words approx. equivalent) Students to critically reflect on their learning, critical cases and interpersonal communication experienced during WIL clinical placements. Unstructured weekly reflections throughout semester. 2000 word task in total, equivalent to approx. 500 word actual workload for students. 30 02, 05