Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

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 the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

BSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E


Edition/Volume5th edn

PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Aspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAckerman, N


Edition/Volume3rd edn



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


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

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate introductory level skills in routine veterinary nursing practice to prepare for supervised tasks in clinical practice
02. From a legal, ethical, animal welfare and clinical perspective, reflect upon the appropriate role of a veterinary nurse as part of a collaborative veterinary team.
03. Explain how to recognise and mitigate Work Health & Safety (WHS) risks, and apply a one-health perspective within a veterinary practice
04. Apply the relevant regulations and WHS considerations to dispensing and supplying a selection of common veterinary pharmaceuticals
05. Reflect upon one's own knowledge and skill gaps in clinical settings

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

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


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour 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 hour 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 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Ten x 10 minute pre-workshop online quizzes (1,600-words equivalent total)Pre-workshop quiz before each of the twice weekly workshops

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 30 minute individual practical test (1,500-words equivalent) Practical Test covering of a range of introductory level skills in veterinary nursing practice.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

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.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO5

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.

N/AReportGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5