ADVANCED VETERINARY SURGICAL PATIENT CARE
Credit points: 15
In this subject, students will learn how to move beyond routine surgical nursing, to work as a senior surgical nurse and manager. Students will learn how to manage surgical theatres and wards within a veterinary hospital, to ensure that patient care at the pre-, peri- and post-operative stages is prioritised appropriately and maintained to a high standard. Students will learn how to plan, monitor and manage the anaesthesia and analgesia of a range of complex veterinary surgical patients. Students will also learn how to critically examine theatre space design and workflow. The management of theatre personnel, equipment and patients involved in a surgical theatre's daily operations will be taught. Finally, students will plan the specific pre-, peri-, and post-operative care requirements of a range of complex surgical patients. Students will undertake a work integrated learning (WIL) placement which allow them to further develop their depth of knowledge and practical experience in surgical theatre and ward management, including the nursing, anaesthesia and analgesia management of complex surgical cases.
Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBVN and have passed VET2IAN and VET2PVN
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Small animal surgical nursing
Pain management for veterinary technicians and nurses
AuthorGoldberg, M (ed) & Shaffran
Anaesthesia & Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians
AuthorThomas + Lerche
Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject
Total hours/days required45 hours
Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible
WBL addtional requirementsWIL Placement. Roster-dependent. During COVID - virtual WBL placements are being used to assist students to achieve ILOs safely where required.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
Six 7.50 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
WIL Placement. Roster-dependent.
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Students to undertake readings or watch videos.
WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 5.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Fortnightly workshops on campus
Unstructured Reflective Journal (850-essay words equivalent)Equivalent to 850 wordsReflection of WIL experience in relation to surgical care.
|N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5|
1.5 hour written end of semester examination (1,500-words equivalent)Held during examination period
|N/A||N/A||No||30||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
5 min oral presentation and 1,200-words written report (1,600-words total)Written case study of a patient undergoing a surgical procedure, reviewing pre-, peri- and post-operative surgical, anaesthetic and analgesic and monitoring requirements (30%, and 1000 words).Oral presentation to the class (5 mins presentation) (10%, and 600 words equivalent)(End of semester)
|N/A||N/A||No||40||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5|
16 min team oral presentation (4 mins/student - 200-words per student)Student team of 4 studentsOral presentation 16 mins (4 mins/student; 400 words equiv. / student)Student teams critically evaluate a working veterinary surgical theatre environment, and design improvements that could be made to it. They are to justify their choices using an evidence based approach.