VETERINARY CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES: ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH A

VET1AFA

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject integrates functional animal anatomy and physiology with its intimate relationship with an animal' state of health. Students undertake and/or observe some dissections, and practice safe tissue and instrument handling. A range of common health related case studies are examined for each body system. Knowledge of common breed anatomical abnormalities and their physiological, health and welfare implications are embedded into the case study learning approach. Safe animal handling is included in this subject, ensuring students learn and practice how to safely handle and restrain a range of common animal species before they undertake placement. Work integrated learning (WIL) is included in this subject, allowing students to apply their class based learning to real life contexts with veterinary teams. Students will participate in assessing, running diagnostic tests and nursing patients during placement. This subject is a pre-requisite for Animal Form, Function and Health B.



SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

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
ReadingsClinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians (3rd edn)PrescribedColville, T & Bassert, J (2016)Elsevier
ReadingsLaboratory manual for clinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians (3rd edn)PrescribedColville, T & Bassert, J (2016)Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate strategies and skills required to safely handle, restrain, and interact with, a range of common animal species

Activities:
During the first week of first year first semester, students participate in workshops on the safe handling, restraint and interaction of a number of animal species. Students are required during these workshops to demonstrate that they are able to correctly apply the appropriate strategies to safely interact and handle these species. Demonstrators work with any students who may need extra help, until they are able to confidently demonstrate these skills.

02. Identify a range of common animal species, breeds and types of relevance for veterinary nurses working in Australia

Activities:
Student teams compete against other teams during their workshops, to correctly identify a broad range of common animal species and types of relevance to Australian veterinary nurses.

03. Identify and describe, using correct anatomical and directional terminology, a range of basic/primary anatomical features, locations and positions

Activities:
Students use soft toy animals during their workshops, to practice identifying anatomical features and directions using correct anatomical terminology. They give instructions using this terminology to team members, who then see if they can correctly interpret the locations and anatomical features.

04. Explain the relationship between an animal' anatomy and physiology and the functioning of a range of organ systems in different species

Activities:
During their in-class tests students are required to give written explanations of these relationships.

05. Explain the signs displayed by animals in a range of common animal ailments/conditions and the appropriate basic care and management advice for owners from an anatomical and physiological perspective.

Activities:
Student teams work together to consider a range of common health case studies from an anatomical and physiological perspective. Students also prepare a team report where they review a case study and provide management advice for owners.

06. Demonstrate effective team work with peers by working constructively and collaboratively on group tasks

Activities:
Students are guided during their workshops on ways in which to effectively work together as a team. They then work together as a team when undertaking their case studies, and when preparing the oral presentation of a group case study.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
Eight 3.0 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Week 1 only: Safe animal handling and restraint (hurdle)"

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 face-to-face.
"WIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially and then at Lort Smith"

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Safe animal interactions, handling and restraint practical assessmentHurdle Individual Vital for Work health and safety Students MUST satisfactorily pass this assessment before being allowed to undertake clinical placement Individual Students observed in safe animal handling and restraint workshops during the first intensive week of semester 1. Each student is required to interact appropriately with live animals or models, and perform safe handling & restraint methods. 01
10 x 5 minute Pre-workshop online Quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% each Weeks 2 -12 20 02, 03, 04, 05
3 x In class tests (total 2000 words equivalent)Individual exercise; Multiple choice and short answer questions Three tests - 1 x 10%, 25 minutes, 400 words equivalent - 2 x 20%, 50 minutes, 800 words equivalent 50 02, 03, 04, 05
Team Case Study Report and 12 min oral presentation (1200 words equivalent/student total)Team of 4 students Written Case Study report (20%, 800 words) # Group prepares a written report explaining from an anatomical and physiological perspective: the signs displayed by animals in a case study of common animal health condition; and the basic care and management advice for owners (from an abilities perspective). Group oral presentation (10%, 3 minutes per member, 400 words) - student group orally30 05, 06