Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will gain an understanding of disease processes, including common infectious and non-infectious animal disease categories, from a veterinary nursing perspective. You will be taken through the process of animal disease management, including aetiology, investigation, treatment, management and prevention. This subject also examines the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of a range of common veterinary pharmaceuticals. Students will also acquire skills in performing a range of common clinical pathology tests. You will apply the theory learnt in this subject via their work integrated learning placement.

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 VET1AFB.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSmall animal pathology for veterinary techniciansPrescribedJohnson, A (2014)Wiley-Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common veterinary pharmaceuticals

Students undertake background reading on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics of common veterinary pharmaceuticals. In a workshop, they work in teams to answer questions regarding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics of a number of medications used in case studies.

02. Explain the disease processes and management of common veterinary infectious and non-infectious diseases

Student teams create a video to inform clients about a disease and how it is managed. The teams share this video with the class, to help achieve peer learning.

03. Design and develop evidence-based educational materials for clients and colleagues using appropriate language

Student teams consider what type of language and vocabulary would be appropriate for clients, when designing their disease information video for clients. When they go on to develop the poster for staff members on infection control, they then compare what type of language is appropriate in this context.

04. Devise nursing management plans, including the infection control, of common animal diseases

Student teams source evidence-based information on a case study of a veterinary infectious disease, and its control. They then go on to devise a logical flow chart of ordered actions for the effective infection control within a clinic or hospital of that particular veterinary infectious disease. Groups display their finished posters, for their peers to learn from.

05. Perform, read and record a range of common in-house veterinary clinical pathology tests, recognizing if any results are abnormal

Students learn and practice a range of common in-house clinical pathology tests in workshops on campus, and then assist with running these tests whilst on placement. They also assist with recording the results on the animal's clinical records, and notify the veterinarian if any results are outside of normal parameters.

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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-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

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
2 x 30 min written tests (1000 words total equivalent) Multiple choice and short answer questions30 01, 02, 04, 05
Infection Control Practice procedures booklet (600 words equivalent / student)Team of 4 students Create an instructional poster on the practical procedures for dealing with a particular type of infection control. 2400 words total task. 15 03, 04
Team Video: Client Information (600 words equivalent / student) Team of 4 students Prepare and develop an educational video for clients based on disease scenarios selected from a list provided. 2400 words total task. 15 02, 03
20 minute Clinical Practicum (1000 word equivalent)Direct observation of clinical pathology procedures in the simulation laboratory20 05