Small Animal Practice Extramural (VETS5359)


The small animal practice extramural rotation builds on skills, knowledge and attributes, developed throughout the entire course and is designed to enable veterinary student interns to gain a holistic understanding and experience of small animal practice prior to graduation. Veterinary student interns are placed at a Faculty of Veterinary Science approved small animal practice of their choice for a one month rotation. During this time interns are expected to negotiate workplace tasks with their extramural supervisor that enable the achievement of learning outcomes linked to the development of graduate attributes.
Interns are expected to fully participate in agreed activities whilst attending the practice, typically taking on the role and schedule of a full time, supervised veterinary associate.
During the rotation interns are expected to participate in three meetings with the extramural supervisor and complete a communication task.

Further unit of study information


practicals: 4-week practicum


intra-semester: 1 x introductory letter; 1 x site contract; 1 x learning agreement form; 1 x skills report form; 1 x rotation feedback form; 1 x supervisor report (S/U); 3 x case reports (S/U); 1 x communication task (S/U)


Year 5 Extramural Rotations Unit of Study Guide
Library databases including Web of Knowledge, PubMed and Medline
Access to current journals including but not restricted to:
- Veterinary Clinics of North America (Small Animal Practice)
- Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
- Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
- Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
- The Veterinary Journal
- In Practice
Recommended texts include but are not limited to:
Cote, E (ed). Clinical Veterinary Advisor, Dogs and cats, 2nd ed. Elsevier.
Ettinger, S (ed). (2011) Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th ed. Vol 1&2. Elsevier.
Fossum, T (ed). (2012) Small Animal Surgery. Mosby.
Gough, A (2007) Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine. Blackwell.
Greene, CE (ed). (2012) Greene's Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 4th edition.
Hill, P; Warman, S & Shawcross G (2010) 100 Top Consultations in Small Animal General Practice. Wiley Blackwell.
Powell, L; Rozanski, EA & Rush JE (2010) Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality, Wiley Blackwell.
Thrall, DE (ed). Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition. Saunders.
Viner, B (2010) Success in Veterinary Practice: Maximising Clinical Outcomes and Personal Wellbeing. Wiley Blackwell.
Yeates, J (2013) Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice. Wiley Blackwell.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Successful completion of BVSc Years 1 - 4

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.