Content of the EMS Program

The EMS program consists of 12 weeks of “pre-clinical” animal husbandry experience and 4 weeks of “preparatory-clinical” extramural placements. An equivalent of 4 weeks of pre-clinical experience is gained at the university during your first year units of study and a special Animal Handling Week at the Camden farms. Eight weeks attendance at extramural placements may be
started once you have completed year 1 animal husbandry units of study (1A and 1B), Professional Practice 1 and the Camden farms Animal Handling Week.

Preparatory clinical placements commence after completion of preclinical placements and must be completed prior to the start of classes in year 4 of the degree.

The four components of the EMS program are summarised below. For more details on each component refer to the relevant section in your handbook.

Component 1 – Preclinical year one Animal Husbandry Units and

Two first year units of study involve instruction in animal handling. Animal Husbandry 1A (VETS 1030) requires attendance at the RSPCA for dog and cat handling classes and assessment. It also involves a number of full day practical classes at the Camden farms in horse, cattle and pig handling skills. Animal Husbandry 1B (VETS 1033) requires attendance at full day practical sessions at the Camden farms in sheep, alpaca, fish and poultry handling skills.

A full week of practical classes is held at Camden farms after the semester 2 exam period in Year 1 to enable further development of animal handling skills prior to extramural placements with cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and poultry.

Assessment in basic handling skills will occur in this week of classes and is a prerequisite to attending extramural placements.
Large Animal Handling Classes Year 1

Component 2 - Preclinical Extramural Practical Work Placements

The extramural component of the program consists of 8 placements of one week duration (5 days). Students must complete 6 weeks of compulsory placements (1 week each with horses, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry) and 2 additional weeks of elective placements with a species of your choice. All compulsory placements must be done in Australia however the two elective placements may be undertaken in other countries.

The extramural work placement program is based on a group rotation schedule to assist you in scheduling your farm placements during vacation breaks. Most placements will be arranged through the university placement program at a University Partner Site. However there are generally insufficient places available and students should expect to arrange some of their own placement with Non-Partner Sites. Students may be required to attend placements outside of the rostered timeslot in their Rotation Schedule.

Student are required to complete their 8 weeks of placements in either 30 weeks or 19 weeks of vacation between the completion of their Camden Training Program after 1st Year and the winter break in 3rd Year. Students are split into two groups for Camden Training and therefore some students have 30 weeks to complete their Preclinical placements while others have 19 weeks. During these weeks students in higher years have priority in the allocation of preferences. However, after the winter break in 3rd Year students lose their priority standing and may need to find Non Partner Sites to attend in order to complete their placement requirements.

Component 3 - Basic Handling Skills Test

All students will be required to present themselves for testing of Basic Handling Skills at the beginning of Year 4 at the Camden farms. This will will involve a test of a random selection of skills on some or all of the designated species. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills to the required level of proficiency in preparation for year 4 units of study.