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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - 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 VET2VNB


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 manual of canine and feline advanced veterinary nursing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorHotston Moore, A & Rudd, S


Edition/Volume2nd edn

PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required48 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsStudents complete 3 different placement blocks over 12 weeks at a variety of veterinary or animal industry related workplaces. These may be sourced by the Uni or by the student and may be located anywhere in Victoria, or potentially interstate/overseas. During COVID - virtual WBL placements are being used to assist students to cover some of the required hours.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Integrate applied science knowledge with veterinary nursing practice to resolve complex veterinary nursing situations.
02. Critically evaluate and reflect on all aspects of patient care
03. Communicate accurately, professionally and with empathy with colleagues and clients
04. Design nursing care plans for complex cases
05. Perform competently a range of day one veterinary nursing skills
06. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve using an evidence-based approach and critical reflection

Subject options

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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 4.00 hours 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 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 study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10 x 5 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850 words equivalent)2% eachWeeks 2 -12

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1

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.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO6

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 students3 minutes oral presentation/student

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

50 min Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)(2200 words equivalent)Testing in simulation lab of a range of veterinary nursing skills, including interpersonal communication

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO3, SILO5