DVM Practical & Clinical Experience
Practical Work Requirements
Clinical skills and animal handling training commence during the first semester of the DVM curriculum and continue throughout the first three years. To consolidate this training, and acquire an appreciation of the working of animal enterprises, students also undertake animal husbandry placements during University vacations. Students have the opportunity to practice and repeat key skills so that they commence final year as a confident and capable veterinary intern.
Clinical contact commences during first semester of the DVM (year 3 of BVetBiol/DVM)and continues throughout the course, culminating in the final year capstone experience. The Faculty of Veterinary Science maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen.
Visiting specialists complement Faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.
During the capstone experience year, students complete a series of rotations as veterinary student interns in our Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education off-campus. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations enable students to focus on particular career interests and may be undertaken in areas such as government, industry, research, specialist practice, equine and wildlife medicine.