Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop and practice a wide range of nursing and technical skills required by practicing veterinary nurses. Students' applied learning will be undertaken in a controlled laboratory environment. Nursing approaches taught include: an examination of the nursing process, models, plans, and protocols, and their application in practical veterinary nursing. Students will begin to learn skills required within emergency nursing and ICU areas. Students will consider ways in which a sustainable veterinary practice can be achieved and maintained. The concepts of peer education and peer review will be taught, and students will be guided through their approach to these. Through their work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will work in a veterinary hospital with an experienced veterinary nurse to further practice and develop a range of level appropriate veterinary clinical skills. During their weekly workshop, students will be guided in how to prepare themselves to gain employment in veterinary nursing, and will be encouraged develop their resume and apply for trainee positions.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

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) and have passed VET1IVN


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 required36 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

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply scientific knowledge to the nursing of a range of animal species
02. Develop nursing care plans which provide holistic evidence based veterinary nursing care for animal patients
03. Apply "One Health" principles in the design of veterinary nursing procedures in the areas of emergency nursing, barrier nursing, and shelter medicine
04. Perform clinical skills appropriate for commencing student veterinary nurses
05. Actively participate in peer education and review in a constructive manner
06. Constructively reflect upon clinical placement learning experiences in the areas of knowledge, skill and emotional perspectives

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
WIL Placement

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour 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 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

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

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Team Nursing care Plan report (400 words /student)Team Report. 4 students/team1200 words total report - 400 words/student Develop nursing care plans which apply nursing process, models and plans to case studies.

N/AReportGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Team Veterinary Nursing procedure design report (400 words / student)Team report4 students/team1200 words total report - 400 words/studentDesign a procedure in an area of emergency nursing, barrier nursing or shelter medicine, which implements a sustainable and one-health consistent approach. Team educates peers during a workshop session on the procedure. Peers offer feedback on the procedure, and the team reviews their procedure based on peer feedback.

N/AReportGroupNo10 SILO3, SILO5

1 x 30 min individual practical skills test (1200 words equivalent)Tutor led observational testing in simulation lab of a range of veterinary nursing skills Individual exercise.

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo30 SILO4

Reflective Placement Journal (1200 words equivalent)Weekly, Individual reflective journal. 2400 words. Students critically reflect on their learning, critical cases and interpersonal communication experienced during WIL clinical placements. Based on this, students constructively consider, what they can further learn and/ or implement in the future, from a knowledge, skill or emotional perspective.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO6