INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE
Credit points: 15
This subject introduces students to the various roles of a veterinary nurse, other veterinary team members, and their roles and interactions in a veterinary context. Students are also introduced to the different areas of a veterinary hospital/clinic and their layout. The veterinary nurse's role in working with animals, owners, team members, facilities, equipment and supplies within a business environment will be examined. The subject is designed to allow students to begin to develop and practice a wide range of veterinary nursing technical skills required by practicing veterinary nurses. The students are introduced to the important role of reflective practice and develop this approach through the use of a weekly reflective journal. Students participate in regular laboratory workshops which introduce a number of clinical skills required in veterinary nursing practice, which are practiced further during work integrated learning placements. Students further develop their understanding of a veterinary nurse's role, including legal, ethical and work, health and safety (WHS) responsibilities.
Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
BSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing
AuthorTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E
PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association
Aspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing
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
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 blended.
WIL placement preparation sessions, on campus initially
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
Two 2.50 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Ten x 10 minute pre-workshop online quizzes (1,600-words equivalent total)Pre-workshop quiz before each of the twice weekly workshops
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One 30 minute individual practical test (1,500-words equivalent)Practical Test covering of a range of introductory level skills in veterinary nursing practice.
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Reflective Placement Journal (approximately 500-words equivalent)Students to critically reflect on their learning, critical cases and interpersonal communication experienced during WIL clinical placements. Unstructured weekly reflections throughout semester.2000 word task in total, equivalent to approx. 500 word actual workload for students.
Team Report on Veterinary Nursing skill development (500-word equivalent, per student)Students to work in teams to practice the development of veterinary nursing skills, through peer to peer feedback and implementation. Group to write a report on their experience of giving and receiving feedback in an educational situation 500 words equiv per student.
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