Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will consolidate the skills they have learnt in previous Veterinary Nursing Practice subjects, as well as being introduced to advanced veterinary nursing knowledge and skills. This introduction will help students to prepare for the advanced veterinary nursing skills which they will learn during third year. Students will become proficient in a range of progressively more complex and demanding veterinary nursing skill requirements. Veterinary nursing skills to be learnt and applied at an introductory advanced level include: emergency and critical care, surgical nursing and care for complex medical cases such as caring for the neurological patient and adopting a holistic animal nursing approach. Students will use an evidence-based and reflective approach to solve problems and to plan for best practice with all aspects of patient care. Through their work integrated learning placement, students will integrate their theoretical knowledge with practice, ensure their proficiency in basic veterinary nursing competencies, and gain introductory exposure to advanced veterinary nursing skills.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

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 VET2VNB.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBSAVA manual of canine and feline advanced veterinary nursing, 2nd ednPrescribedHotston Moore, A & Rudd, S (Eds) 2008British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Integrate applied science knowledge with veterinary nursing practice to resolve complex veterinary nursing situations.

During workshops, and in preparation for their oral presentation, student teams work together to develop evidence based care plans for complex cases. During this process, they are guided through discussion to consider how they are integrating their applied science knowledge as part of the problem solving process.

02. Critically evaluate and reflect on all aspects of patient care

Using a real life case study with which they have been involved during placement, students critically evaluate and reflect on the care that the patient received.

03. Communicate accurately, professionally and with empathy with colleagues and clients

During the final student objective structured clinical examinations students are tested at a station with role play scenarios with interacting with others in a workplace setting. To help the students to refine their abilities in this area and to prepare, they practice a range of role play scenarios in workshops and reflect upon these with their peers and tutors.

04. Design nursing care plans for complex cases

Students work in teams to design a nursing care plan for a complex case.

05. Perform competently a range of day one veterinary nursing skills

Students regularly practice in the veterinary nursing skills laboratories as part of their weekly workshops, a list of assessable veterinary nursing skills. Experienced veterinarians and veterinary nurses offer them constructive feedback on their skill development.

06. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve using an evidence-based approach and critical reflection

Students undertake a review of a patient's care, and problem solve whilst doing so, by identifying aspects of the care which were excellent and potential areas for improvement. They are required to use an evidence-based approach throughout this exercise, by referring to current peer reviewed literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 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
Review of Patient Care Scenario (1000 words)Student to report on and critically evaluate the veterinary nursing patient care of a case study with which they have been involved during their placement. Individual task.20 02, 06
12 min Team oral presentation (400 words equivalent/student)Students to design and present a nursing care plan for a case study in an advanced veterinary nursing area of interest or in an identified knowledge or experience gap area. Team of 4 students 3 minutes oral presentation/student 10 01, 03, 04
50 min Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) (2200 words equivalent) Testing in simulation lab of a range of veterinary nursing skills, including interpersonal communication50 03, 05