Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn how to plan and deliver gold standard veterinary nursing care to medical ward patients with a broad range of serious complex medical conditions. Students will deepen their understanding of the complex disease processes involved, and will apply this knowledge to plan appropriate personalised holistic veterinary nursing care. Students will also be expected to research current best practice in the veterinary literature, and to integrate this evidence into their plans. Supported via a work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will critically evaluate nursing care delivered to complex medical cases, including methods of communication with clients, colleagues and the general public alike. Students will learn how to plan the delivery of multiple pharmacological agents and how to recognise potential side-effects with complex medication plans. Finally, this subject will enable students to learn how to best educate clients about the management of complex medical conditions, so that pet owners are able to properly manage the in home care of their pets.

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 subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in 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 internal medicine for veterinary technicians and nurses

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMerrill, L





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

COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Plan and evaluate the nursing care of complex medical veterinary cases
02. Evaluate the use of a range of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in the management of veterinary medical patients
03. Plan and evaluate the administration of the pharmacological component of a veterinary patient's care
04. Integrate an evidence based approach into veterinary nursing care strategies.
05. Create educational materials for clients that are ethical and culturally sensitive.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
Six 7.50 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
WIL Placement. Roster-dependent.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 5.00 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

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

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

1.5 hour written end of semester examination (1500 words equivalent)Held during examination period.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1 x 6 min Case Study oral presentation and 1000-word treatment plan (1600 words total) Part A - Based on clinical placement experience, research, review and report on the current best practice in the treatment and nursing care of a complex small animal medical conditions (25%, 1000 words); Part B - Class oral presentation to discuss and justify the nursing care based on students research (15%, 6-minute presentation, 600-word equivalent).

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

1600 word team patient discharge handout (400 words/student total)Team of 4 students create evidence-based educational materials and instructions to present to clients during the discharge of a patient with a complex serious medical condition. It includes the details of condition and guidelines for appropriate home care. (10%, 1600 word written handout with 400 words/student).

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO3, SILO5