Extramural Industry Placement Requirements

When to Commence Practical Work

Industry Work Placements commence after successful completion of all DVM Semester 1 units of study. All placements are undertaken in vacation periods. While the Faculty endeavour to place all students with our Partner Sites, by either allocation through the Ballot system or by Direct Application, this may not be possible due to a lack of available placements. For this reason you may have to organise placements with Non Partner Sites.

[b||However, students are not permitted to commence organising placements until they have successfully completed their 1st Semester of the DVM1.]] A student information session will be set to explain the process in the second half of semester 1 DVM1 and students should not be organising any placements until after that session.

Work experience placements must be attended on consecutive days. Students will not be able to split placements over two sets of dates.

Note: Students cannot organise placements unless they are enrolled. They do not have access to the VVC. This may be problematic for students who have deferred their studies. Deferring students will need to plan their placements carefully.

Note: Students who are planning to defer may organise placements and they must attend "Confirmed" placements as scheduled, even though they would not, at the time of placement, be enrolled. Their placement is covered by the University insurance for students on work experience because it was organised while the student was enrolled.

Deadlines for Completion of Animal Husbandry Placements

Industry placements must be completed prior to enrolling into the penultimate year of the degree.

Industry Placement Requirements

All placements must be attended at approved commercial properties and/or industry and wildlife establishments. These may be within Australia or overseas.

The purpose of all your placements is to gain an appreciation of weekly routines on a commercial property, an understanding of the role of a veterinarian on a farm, to develop communication skills with a broad range of people and gain an understanding of life in a rural community. It is hoped that you will gain animal handling skills.

Students are also encouraged to undertake placements to gain experience in areas that may be of future interest during their career as a Veterinarian. It is necessary, if you wish to undertake specific electives during your final Year, that you have adequate experience in the field of your choice.

When arranging placements it is not permissible to count the same days twice for two different species. For example, 5 days on a beef cattle and sheep property can only be submitted as either a total of 5 days of beef cattle work or a total of 5 days of sheep work. Placements may be arranged sequentially. For example, a two week placement on one beef cattle and sheep station may be counted as 5 days of beef cattle + 5 days of sheep. However, students are not permitted to work 10 days straight.

DVM Students must complete the following placement requirements:

Dairy Cattle
Beef Cattle
Intensive industry - Pigs or Poultry or Aquaculture
Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3

All placements must be a minimum of five days. Students may use their elective placements to gain additional experience with the core compulsory species requirements. Elective Experience may also be with wildlife parks/zoos etc for work with native fauna, zoo animals, marine animals, or other exotic species.

Placements involving companion animals will not be approved. The intent of Industry placements is to develop a deeper understanding of commercial animal enterprises.

Organisation of Placements

Students organise placements through the Placements database accessed through the Faculty’s website Virtual Veterinary Campus (VVC).

Students organise placements in three ways:

  • Ballot Site Placements are scheduled over all the vacation periods. Students enter preferences on the VVC and are allocated according to a random ballot. Further information, dates and deadlines are published on the Placements by Ballot page.
  • Direct Application Site Placements. Students may contact these sites only if the site has advised that they are available on the VVC. Students are not permitted to contact these sites contrary to the site's availability. Further information, dates and deadlines are published on the Direct Application Placements page.
  • Non Partner Site Placements. Students are required to seek approval to contact sites that are not published on the VVC as a Direct Application Site. Refer to the Non Partner Site Placements page.

Information sessions are scheduled prior to each preference entering period, for Ballot Sites. Students will be advised when each information session is scheduled.

Transport, accommodation and living costs

All costs associated with transport, accommodation and general living costs (e.g. food) relating to the EMS Program are the responsibility of individual students. Some farm placements may provide accommodation (often at a small cost) however, you may be required to organise your own living arrangements in some cases.

You are encouraged to consider these costs and your transport requirements well in advance of your placement.

Student Conduct and Dress Code

Property owners and their staff always look for enthusiasm from the students and a keenness to learn and to understand their situation.

Be aware that drought affects many properties. When you arrive at a property, you need to find out from the owner, what the current situation is on their property concerning water and what water policies they have in place.

Review the Student Code of Conduct.

Students are required to meet the Dress Code while attending all extramural placements.