Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will undertake an extensive work integrated learning placement, in the form of internships in a number of workplaces. This subject is designed to ensure that students will be ready for practice at the Associate Degree level for a Veterinary Nurse. Topics covered include: reflective practice, employment seeking, preparing for an interview, and registration. Students will continue to apply their theoretical nursing knowledge throughout their placement to refine their clinical skills in veterinary nursing practice.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points30

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

Mosby's veterinary PDQ: veterinary facts at hand

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorSirois, M


Edition/Volume2nd edn

PublisherElsevier Mosby


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

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

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required144 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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate successful development of key clinical and professional competencies appropriate for a Veterinary Nurse at Associate Degree level
02. Demonstrate critical self-reflection and ongoing self-directed learning
03. Communicate competently and effectively with colleagues, clients and the public, including key industry stakeholders, in a variety of professional and social contexts.
04. Explain the value of registration for a para-professional
05. Perform at a level of work ready competency, the day one skills listed within the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing Skills List

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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: 31 - 43
One 12.00 hours placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
WIL Placement: Internship (NB: this is a 30 CP subject, and the total contact time required for the subject is 13 hours/week.)

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Student meets one-on-one with tutor each week, as well as a full class debrief session


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Reflective Placement Online Journal (2000 essay words equivalent)Students to critically reflect on a variety of relevant aspects of their workplace experience. Students are also to provide a list of all the veterinary nursing skills, areas and case types that the student has been involved with whilst on practical placement. Individual exercise.260 reflective journal words per fortnight Fortnightly online entries throughout the semesterResearch and referencing require

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2

Employment Application(1600 words equivalent)Students to:1). Prepare application materials for a job advertisement of personal interest, including a: curriculum vitae and cover letter. 2). Undertake a role play mock interview for the job. 3). Critically reflect upon their performance within the interview. Individual exercise Written Application Materials = 15%, 800 words Simulated Interview = 5%, 10 minutes , 400 words equivalent Written Reflection

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO3

Editorial Piece (800 words) Students to write a veterinary nursing magazine editorial explaining the value of registration for para-professionally qualified Australian veterinary nurses.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO4

Graduate Outcomes e- Portfolio (4000 words equivalent)Students to prepare an electronic portfolio with a range of evidence demonstrating the successful development of the Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing course outcomes. Students will be required to provide a draft of their portfolio for peer & tutor feedback. Individual exercise

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Veterinary Nursing Skills Competency Checklist. Hurdle Assessment Task. Students are required complete sign off by academic staff members as competent of performing every skill listed on the BVN Skills List. The BVN Skills List, is an internally created list, which is regularly benchmarked and reviewed against the Australian Certificate IV National Competencies List, and the UK Royal College Day One competencies list and Day One skills List for registered

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO5