SMALL ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING
Credit points: 15
This subject offers a thorough and practical introduction to the basics of small animal behaviour and training at a level appropriate for student veterinary nurses. Students will develop the underlying knowledge and basic skills required to conduct puppy classes, and advise owners on common behavioural and training problems. Students will learn to take a thorough history and to perform a careful behavioural "triage" to enable a sound decision as to when veterinary intervention is required. Students will also develop the skills required to assist with behaviour modification as directed by veterinarians in the treatment of behavioural problems. Through a work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will have the opportunity to observe and assist with the care of a wide number of hospitalised and visiting dogs and cats. An integral part of these interactions will involve applying behaviour and training theory, and critically reviewing how they have seen veterinary team members do the same.
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
Decoding your dog
AuthorHorwitz D, Cirabassi J & Dale S.
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Canine and feline behavior for veterinary technicians and nurses
AuthorShaw, K & Martin, D
Self sourced or Uni sourced
Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject
Total hours/days required39 hours
Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro
WBL addtional requirementsDuring COVID - virtual WBL placements are being used to assist students to achieve ILOs safely.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.
WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
10 x 5 min Pre-workshop online Quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% eachWeeks 2 -12
|N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4|
1 x 20 min practical skills presentation (1000 words equivalent)Practical skills assessments by tutor with simulation models and/or live animals and role plays
|N/A||N/A||No||25||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4|
Behaviour Modification Action Plan (600 words)Students select an animal case where the animal has a behaviour problem that they have been involved with in placement or in their own personal experience, and to develop a behaviour modification action plan for that case
Team Client handout (Puppy Class Plan) (600 words/student)Student team (of approx. 4 students) to create a plan for a puppy class around puppy socialisation and an accompanying owner handout. 2400 words total assessment
|N/A||N/A||No||15||SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
5-minute individual video presentation (500 words equivalent) with instructional handout (250 words)Student to create a video record of an animal before, during and after a planned animal training intervention, and to reflect on the training plan and process during the video