VETERINARY TEAM STUDIES: INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CLINICAL PRACTICE

AGR1GCP

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a very safe scaffolded and controlled learning environment for students to begin learning and practicing the range of professional competencies, clinical and technical skills required by practicing veterinary team members. Students will be involved in regular skills laboratory workshops in which they will be introduced to a number of skills required in veterinary team practice. These will then be practiced and finally assessed. This subject will also help students to develop an understanding of a veterinary nurse#s role and responsibilities as part of a veterinary team, and will look into related legal and ethical considerations. As part of their investigation of OH&S, students will be introduced to the one-health concept, particularly in terms of the risk of zoonoses.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDamian Spencer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate the skills required to safely handle and restrain a range of common animal species

Activities:
Intensive 1 week long introduction to safe animal handling and restraint in various animal species. Active learning and practice carried out at the Veterinary Nursing Skills Laboratory at Epping as well as the farms and equine yards belonging to NMIT. Students will be observed performing specific skills necessary for maintaining their own health and safety as well as animal health, safety and welfare throughout the course.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Determine the appropriate role of a veterinary nurse as part of a collaborative veterinary team, from legal, ethical, animal welfare and clinical perspectives in a range of Petsville North case studies

Activities:
Preparatory reading and reflection followed by an active and discussion based workshop where students will discuss and reflect on the nurse#s role and responsibilities within a veterinary team; students will be working closely with others and learning to develop their appreciation of working as a team. Students will need to produce a summary and reflection assignment based on group discussions of a range of case studies and make suitable conclusions for a case they found particularly challenging and their reflections on this.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate the skills required to recognize and minimize potential human health risks within a veterinary practice

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities to work on independently followed by activity based workshop where students will apply and discuss their recent knowledge. Students will learn to work safely and minimise risks within a clinical environment and will be tested in class using short answer image based scenarios. Students will be introduced and made aware of the 'one health' approach.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Apply the relevant regulations and OH&S considerations for dispensing and supplying a selection of common veterinary pharmaceuticals

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities followed by active workshops where their awereness of legislation and OH&S within a pharmacy area can be applied to specific case studies, e.g. drug types and categories and their regulatory management. Students will be required to produce an academic report using research regulatory websites, authorities and legislation to help explain the appropriate role of the veterinary nurse with regards to drug types, ordering, administration, dispensing, recording, storage, disposal, and OH&S considerations for a number of different common veterinary pharmaceuticals dispensed in given case studies. They will also be tested in class using image response text and multiple choice questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Recognize and explain the use of a range of common veterinary equipment and supplies

Activities:
Preparatory reading and activities, followed by active learning workshop where students will be introduced and ask to explain the use of a range of commonly used veterinary equipment supplies. Students will be tested on their knowledge in class by select equipment/tools/materials and will be asked to identify and explain their use whilst being observed by a tutor.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Demonstrate competence in a range of introductory level skills in veterinary nursing practice

Activities:
reparatory reading and activities followed by active workshops in a simulated veterinary environment. Students will need to demonstrate specific introductory veterinary nursing skills and tutors will observe students performing these skills and tasks. The observations will be preparation for their second year Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Apply an evidence-based reflective approach to WIL

Activities:
Throughout their simulation workshops and WIL clinical placements throughout the first semester students are required to keep a reflective journal. Students will critically reflect on their learning, critical cases, interpersonal communication, and other relevant aspects of their workplace experience. Ongoing weekly reflections are required with staff providing fortnightly feedback (students will be introduced to this concept during this subject and continue with increasing sophistication throughout the course).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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