vet1vna applied veterinary nursing practice a




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop and practice a wide range of nursing and technical skills required by practicing veterinary nurses. Students' applied learning will be undertaken in a controlled laboratory environment. Nursing approaches taught include: an examination of the nursing process, models, plans, and protocols, and their application in practical veterinary nursing. Students will begin to learn skills required within emergency nursing and ICU areas. Students will consider ways in which a sustainable veterinary practice can be achieved and maintained. The concepts of peer education and peer review will be taught, and students will be guided through their approach to these. Through their work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will work in a veterinary hospital with an experienced veterinary nurse to further practice and develop a range of level appropriate veterinary clinical skills. During their weekly workshop, students will beguided in how to prepare themselves to gain employment in veterinary nursing, and will be encouraged develop their resume and apply for trainee positions.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET1IVN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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. Apply scientific knowledge to the nursing of a range of animal species

Students undertake preparatory readings to help them to learn how a range of underpinning scientific knowledge is applied in the nursing of animals. They then work in teams within workshops, to consider how they can apply their scientific knowledge when planning for the nursing care of patients.

02. Develop nursing care plans which provide holistic evidence based veterinary nursing care for animal patients

Student teams search for recently published peer reviewed evidence to help them to provide evidence based care for patients within nursing care plans. The lecturer and tutors also help to review within workshops, how important a holistic approach to the care of a patient is and what this entails.

03. Apply "One Health" principles in the design of veterinary nursing procedures in the areas of emergency nursing, barrier nursing, and shelter medicine

Students are guided via pre-workshop readings and videos, into what is meant by a sustainable approach and also what is meant by the term "one-health". These concepts are further elaborated on by the lecturer and tutors during the workshop, and student teams then consider how to take these aspects into account when designing specific veterinary nursing procedures.

04. Perform clinical skills appropriate for commencing student veterinary nurses

Students undertake pre-workshop readings and watch videos to help them learn how to undertake range of clinical skills. They then practice these during their on campus workshops, and they are able to book in for supervised further practice sessions within the clinical skills laboratory. Students are tested on these practical skills at the end of semester with practical testing in the clinical skills laboratories.

05. Actively participate in peer education and review in a constructive manner

Student teams give a procedure design report. Another team of students reviews this report, and offers constructive feedback using guidelines supplied by the tutors. The team then reviews their report using the supplied feedback, and decides together on further improvements that can be made, based on the feedback they received.

06. Constructively reflect upon clinical placement learning experiences in the areas of knowledge, skill and emotional perspectives

Students attend a one hour tutorial session, run by an on-site academic, during each of the clinical placement sessions at Lort Smith. During this session, each student is encouraged to share and reflect upon learning experiences that they have encountered during the shift. They are also given the opportunity to debrief in an emotionally supportive environment. Students are also required to submit a private reflective blog after each placement session, in which they reflect upon their learning experiences whilst on placement

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"WIL Placement"

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
10 x 5 minute Pre-workshop online Quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% each Weeks 2-12 2001, 02, 03, 04
Team Nursing care Plan report (400 words /student)Team Report 4 students/team 1200 words total report - 400 words/student Develop nursing care plans which apply nursing process, models and plans to case studies 1001, 02
Team Veterinary Nursing procedure design report (400 words / student)Team report 4 students/team 1200 words total report - 400 words/student Design a procedure in an area of emergency nursing, barrier nursing or shelter medicine, which implements a sustainable and one-health consistent approach. Team educates peers during a workshop session on the procedure. Peers offer feedback on the procedure, and the team reviews their procedure based on peer feedback. 1003, 05
1 x 30 min individual practical skills test (1200 words equivalent)Tutor led observational testing in simulation lab of a range of veterinary nursing skills Individual exercise 3004
Reflective Placement Journal (1200 words equivalent)Individual reflective journal Weekly reflections through the semester. 2400 words (1200 essay words equivalent) Students to critically reflect on their learning, critical cases and interpersonal communication experienced during WIL clinical placements. Students constructively consider based on this reflection, what they can further learn and/or implement in the future, from a knowledge, skill or emotional p3006