ANIMAL CARE AND MANAGEMENT

VET1ACM

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) or the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (SBATE)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Aspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAckerman, N

YearN/A

Edition/Volume3rd edn

PublisherElsevier

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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

BSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E

Year2011

Edition/Volume5th edn

PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

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Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedYes

Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
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

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the role of professional codes, animal welfare legislation, ethics, cultural context and the human-animal bond in animal care and management decisions
02. Explain the husbandry requirements of a range of healthy animal species
03. Advise clients on common companion animal training and behaviour problems
04. Design and communicate animal care and management plans
05. Evaluate the challenges for sustainable practice in animal care and management
06. Explain how individual and collective choices can positively influence the sustainability of animal care and management

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10 x 5 minute Pre-workshop online Quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% eachWeeks 2-12

N/AN/AN/ANo20 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/AN/AN/ANo30 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)

N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO2

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

N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO3

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.

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO4