THE PRACTICING VETERINARY NURSE
Credit points: 30
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.
Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET2VNB
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Aspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing
BSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing
AuthorTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E
PublisherBritish Small Animal Veterinary Association
Mosby's veterinary PDQ: veterinary facts at hand
Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf 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
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 31 - 43
One 12.00 h 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 h 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
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
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 exerciseWritten Application Materials = 15%, 800 wordsSimulated Interview = 5%, 10 minutes , 400 words equivalentWritten Reflection
Editorial Piece (800 words)Students to write a veterinary nursing magazine editorial explaining the value of registration for para-professionally qualified Australian veterinary nurses.
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 feedbackIndividual exercise
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Veterinary Nursing Skills Competency ChecklistHurdle Assessment TaskStudents 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