vet2vnb vet nursing prac b




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will deepen their skills, knowledge and application in a range of key areas associated with independent paraprofessional practice in veterinary nursing. Key areas taught include: nursing care plans, the nutrition of unwell patients, professional client communication, client service and career preparation. During their work integrated learning placement, students will be supported by an experienced veterinary team as they develop a range of core veterinary nursing skills with a view to practicing autonomously. Students will develop deeper professional judgement and the ability to manage more complex professional situations.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET1VNA.


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. Integrate the science, specialized knowledge and practical skills to undertake a range of veterinary nursing roles

Prior to attending workshops, students undertake readings and watch a range of veterinary nursing skill videos. In their workshops they then have the opportunity to practice these skills. Students are encouraged to discuss with their peers and tutors how underpinning knowledge helps to explain why the skills are undertaken in a given sequence.

02. Create and implement, under veterinary team supervision, animal nursing care plans to maximise potential animal welfare outcomes

Students identify a patient case of interest, and create and implement a nursing care plan for that patient. Veterinary team staff members supervise the student, to ensure that the plan is sound, and that the implementation is appropriate.

03. Evaluate the nutritional requirements of a range of animals with a variety of clinical conditions

Students work in teams in a workshop, to evaluate the nutritional needs of a range of patient case studies. They need to consider both the nutritional content requirements, as well as how they will ensure that the patient physically obtains these nutrients (e.g. will they be willing and able to eat it or will it need to be administered via another means?).

04. Manage surgical cases in the hospital from admission to discharge

Student teams consider the journey of a surgical patient from admission to discharge, and list all the steps that need to occur along that journey. They then consider what steps are needed to manage overall the effective flow of surgical patients each day (e.g., theatre and equipment management, staff management).

05. Train a fellow team member in appropriate veterinary hospital protocol.

Student teams imagine that they have been employed as a surgical veterinary nurse, and consider what type of information they would need in a set of guidelines, to help them to quickly and efficiently learn the surgical area related protocols for the hospital they have been employed at. They then go on to discuss how these guidelines could be developed to ensure that they are clear, concise and user friendly.

06. Critically self-evaluate and reflect upon both challenging incidents and current knowledge gaps.

During their weekly clinical placement at Lort Smith, students have a tutorial session, where they share with their peers any challenging incidents they have encountered that day, or any things that they have observed that they didn't understand or would like to learn more about.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 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 SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 4.5 hours placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"WIL placement"

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 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."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
10 x 5 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% each Weeks 2 - 12 2001, 02, 03, 04
Team report: Guidelines on Surgical Case Management (400 words/student)Team exercise 4 students/team 400 words per student Student team develops guidelines for new surgical nursing staff, on how to manage surgical cases from admission to discharge, including patient, theatre and staff management. 1004, 05
Nursing Care Plan (600 word total)Students to create and implement a nursing care plan with a particular emphasis on the appropriate nutritional requirements of the patient Individual exercise 1502, 03
25 minute Clinical Practicum (1250 words equivalent)Individual exercise 1 attempt 2501
Reflective Placement Journal (1200 words equivalent)Students to critically reflect on their learning, critical cases and interpersonal communication experienced during WIL clinical placements. Individual exercise Weekly reflections throughout semester. Total words 3000 (1200 essay words equivalent) 3001, 06