EXOTICS, AVIAN AND WILDLIFE CARE
Credit points: 15
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.
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
Textbook of rabbit medicine
Avian Medicine and Surgery
AuthorForbes, N. & Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, D.
Reptile Medicine and surgery in clinical practice
AuthorDoneley, B., Monks, D., Johnson, R. & Carmel, B.
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 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.
5 x 10 min pre-workshop online quizzes (850-words equivalent)4% eachFortnightly
|N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6|
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, 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/A||N/A||No||10||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/A||N/A||No||40||SILO2, SILO3, SILO4|