Primary Accession Medicine (UVTHS) (VETS5345)


This 3 week rotation at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney is designed to give student interns hands-on experience in general practice and exposure to the types of cases they will encounter most commonly after graduation There is also 1 week on the SAVES service which will expose interns to management of emergency cases and care of hospitalised patients after-hours. Interns will have the opportunity to practice clinically-relevant techniques such as history taking, physical examination, diagnostic sample collection, radiology and ultrasound, medical record keeping, critical analysis of case-related information, development and implementation of treatment plans and evaluation of outcomes. A major focus of the rotation will be developing clinical competency in preventative health care programs for small animals, including vaccination and worming protocols. There is also focus on triage and care of cases presenting in an emergency situation.In addition, interns should gain an appreciation of the holistic nature of veterinary practice, the importance of client-veterinarian, veterinarian-patient and collegial interactions, from the moment the client makes an appointment through resolution of the presenting problem and beyond. Students will participate in other University Veterinary Teaching Hospital activities including management of patients in hospital, intensive care duty and weekend duty.

Further unit of study information


Intrasemester: Supervisor report form. Case presentations at Clinical Rounds.


Handbook for Intramural Rotations

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Successful completion of BVSc Years 1-4

Additional Information

Departmental permission required

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.