Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the applied science of imaging, anaesthesia and pain control and it teaches students how to integrate theory with practice. Students refine these clinical skills through simulated settings and work integrated learning placements. During placement, students will participate in a surgical operating theatre, so that anaesthetic induction, maintenance and recovery of animals can be observed and skills applied. Under supervision of the veterinary team, students will assess the pain levels of medical and surgical patients, as well as assist with imaging procedures, such as radiology and ultrasonography, on a range of veterinary cases.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET1VNA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLavins Radiography for Veterinary Technicians, 6th EdPrescribedBrown + Brown (2017)Elsevier
ReadingsAnaesthesia & Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians 5thEdPrescribedThomas + Lerche (2016)Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain, using scientific principles, how a range of modern imaging modalities operate, and why they may present as an occupational health hazard to personnel

Students undertake a range of readings and watch a number of videos on the science behind imaging modalities, and examine the human health risks of radiation.

02. Develop radiology practice procedures and documentation for a veterinary practice to ensure compliance with relevant regulatory and safety requirements

Student teams are given links to relevant government regulations regarding the safe use of radiation for clinical diagnostic purposes. They then work together to develop the materials required for a veterinary clinic to be compliant with these regulations.

03. Perform a range of routine veterinary nursing radiological imaging procedures

Students learn and practice in the clinical skills laboratory a range of routine veterinary nursing radiological imaging procedures

04. Compare and contrast the physiological changes that a range of common anaesthetic agents will induce in a veterinary patient

Student teams in a workshop, work through a number of case study scenarios, and compare and contrast the physiological changes which will be likely to be induced in a patient by the administration of a number of different anaesthetic regimes. They also work together to identify which anaesthetic agents are likely to have been used in a number of different anaesthetic monitoring case records.

05. Perform a range of anaesthetic management procedures

Students will have the chance to become familiar with anaesthetic monitoring techniques and equipment, anaesthetic machine maintenance and use in a workshop setting prior to applying these skills on workplace integrated placement. Students are rostered on in the operating theatre at Lort Smith, and under the supervision of an experienced veterinary nurse and a veterinarian, they assist with a range of routine anaesthetic management procedures which they have previously learned about in class.

06. Design pain management approaches by integrating accurate pain scoring with knowledge of pain control, to help maximize veterinary patients' welfare outcomes

Students identify a case study with which they have been involved with in WIL, in which the animal would be expected to require pain control. The student records the key details, and then later at home integrates their knowledge of pain scoring, to determine how the animal's level of pain could have been most accurately assessed, and designs a multimodal holistic pain management plan suitable for that patient, which includes working closely with a veterinarian to ensure that pain medication is prescribed if appropriate.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
One 3.5 hours placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"WIL placement"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
10 x 5 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850-words equivalent)2% each Weeks 2 -12 20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Team radiology report (600-words per student) Team submission 4 students/team Team develops practice procedures and legal compliance documents for a veterinary clinic for radiological procedures 15 02
One 40 min in class written test (600-words equivalent)Short answer format15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Pain management case study report (800-words)Individual assessment; student to reflect on an analgesia case from WIL and design an appropriate pain management plan20 06
25 minute clinical practicum (1,250-words equivalent) Direct observation of clinical procedures in the simulation laboratory Practical Skills Test30 03, 05