ANIMAL CARE AND MANAGEMENT
Credit points: 15
This subject introduces you to the care and management of a range of common animal species, and the challenges for sustainability practice in animal care identifying the complex interactions between social, environmental and economic issues. Subject content includes animal husbandry in companion animals and a range of other common species. The areas of nutrition, behaviour, and preventative health care of dogs and cats are covered consistent with the requirements of veterinary nursing practice. You will consider the importance and application of professional codes, animal welfare legislation, animal ethics, the human-animal bond, cultural context and genetics within the veterinary nursing context. You are also introduced to the important role of the veterinary nurse in educating and guiding clients in the care of their animals. During their work integrated learning placement, you will assist with the care and management of animal patients.
Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) or the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (SBATE)
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Special conditionsAll students must attend the 3 days of Safe Animal Handling and Restraint Workshops held in Week 1, to be allowed to safely undertake this subject. This is a core subject for BVN students, and SBATE students are able to choose it as an elective, subject to quota being reached.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Aspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing
BSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing
AuthorTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E
PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association
Self sourced or Uni sourced
Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject
Total hours/days required12 hours
Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro
WBL addtional requirementsWIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially and then at Lort Smith. During COVID - virtual WBL placements are being used to assist students to achieve ILOs safely.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Field TripWeek: 10 - 22
Two 6.00 h field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
SBATE students enrolled in this subject will undertake two excursion days during semester with a number of site visits to properties with animals
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
For SBVN students. WIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially and then at Lort Smith
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h 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.
WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
10 x 5 minute Pre-workshop online Quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% eachWeeks 2-12
|N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3|
Critique on Sustainable Practices in Animal Management (1200 words)Students write a critique on a case study area of animal management, in which they examine the current interaction of social, environmental and economic issues from a sustainability perspective. They then go on to consider how their own and others personal choices may positively impact this area in the future.
|N/A||N/A||No||30||SILO1, SILO5, SILO6|
1 x 10 min Individual Client advisement role play (1000 words equivalent)Individual exercise10 minutes role playStudent to play the role of a veterinary nurse giving nutritional and preventative health care advice for a common healthy small animal companion animalAcademic staff member to play the customer (animal owner)
Animal training and behaviour handout (600 words)Individual assessment; students prepare a handout on a common companion animal training and behaviour problem relating to dogs or cats
Group - 5-minute team video presentation (500 words equivalent /student)Groups of 4 students, prepare and deliver a 5 min educational video about care and management advice to clients for a species of interest.