Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBVN and have passed VET2IAN and VET2PVN


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

Small animal surgical nursing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorTear, M.


Edition/Volume3rd ed



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Anaesthesia & Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorThomas + Lerche





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Pain management for veterinary technicians and nurses

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorGoldberg, M (ed) & Shaffran





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

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

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Recommend care interventions based on the evaluation of data related to the physiological effects of anaesthesia and analgesia from a variety of monitoring techniques
02. Develop anaesthetic and analgesic protocols for a range of life stages, health conditions, procedures, emergencies and complications
03. Appraise the design, management and purpose of theatre spaces, equipment and personnel
04. Generate plans for the pre, peri and post-operative care of a range of surgical patients
05. Select, set up, assist with, clean and maintain appropriate equipment, instrumentation and miscellaneous consumables for a variety of surgical procedures

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Unstructured Reflective Journal (850-essay words equivalent) Equivalent to 850 words. Reflection of WIL experience in relation to surgical care.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

1.5 hour written end of semester examination (1,500-words equivalent)Held during examination period

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 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/AOtherIndividualNo40 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.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO3