EXOTICS, AVIAN AND WILDLIFE CARE

VET3EAW

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students learn how to plan and provide evidence based nursing care for a range of exotic, avian and wildlife species. To deepen their knowledge, students will examine the anatomy, physiology, behaviour, handling, husbandry requirements and common conditions of a range of animal species, including pocket pets (rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, mice and ferrets), birds (covering a range of common species), reptiles, amphibians, fish, and native Australian wildlife (kangaroos, possums, wombats and echidnas). Through a work integrated learning placement, students will plan the specific surgical, clinical and nursing care needs of these patients. Students will examine the relevant legislation, and evaluate its impact on the nursing care approaches required for different species. Students will holistically examine the importance of habitat for wildlife, and work together to plan a response to the needs of vulnerable animal populations following natural disasters, such as fire, flood and drought.

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

Co-requisitesN/A

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

Readings

Textbook of rabbit medicine

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorVarga, M.

Year2013

Edition/Volume2nd ed

PublisherButterworth Heinemann

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Avian Medicine and Surgery

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorForbes, N. & Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, D.

YearN/A

Edition/Volume2nd ed

PublisherCRC press

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Reptile Medicine and surgery in clinical practice

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDoneley, B., Monks, D., Johnson, R. & Carmel, B.

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWiley Blackwell

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedYes

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. Compare and contrast the anatomy and physiology of a range of exotic, avian and wildlife species
02. Compare and contrast the legal, behavioural and husbandry requirements of a range of injured legally owned exotic pets versus injured native wildlife
03. Research a range of common conditions of exotic, avian and wildlife species
04. Plan the management of the nursing, surgical and clinical care of exotic, avian and wildlife species undergoing diagnostic, surgical or medical procedures
05. Plan the emergency care response required for wildlife in a natural disaster situation
06. Examine the importance of habitat on the health and welfare of wildlife

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Start date between: and    Key dates

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

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
Six 7.50 h 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 1.00 h 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.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 5.00 h workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Workshop

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

5 x 10 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850-words equivalent)4% eachFortnightly

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

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

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Team Poster (4,00-words equivalent per student)Student teams of 4 studentsPoster (400 words equivalent/student)Student team selects a natural disaster situation and plans for the emergency care response for a particular group of wildlife in that situation. Team shares their plan, and the reasoning behind it with the class via a poster .

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

1,200-word Case study written lit review and 5 mins oral present (1,700-words equiv., total)Student to select a commonly diagnosed condition of an exotic, avian or wildlife species that they have observed whilst on placement. Written literature review of the condition - 30%,1200 wordsOral presentation on the researched condition and advice on nursing care of these patients - 10%, 5 minutes, 500 words equivalent

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4