Extramural Practical Work Requirements - Placements


The assignments submitted from work experience on Preclinical - Animal Husbandry farm placements are prerequisite for VETS4236. Assignments are submitted in the second week of Semester 1 of fourth year.

When to Commence Practical Work

Extramural Practical Work Placements commence after successful completion of the Year 1 units of study Animal Husbandry 1A and 1B, Professional Practice 1 and the Camden Animal Handling Week. 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.

Ballot Site placements are organised for the long summer and shorter winter vacation periods. Direct Application Sites may be arranged for any time students are not required to be on campus.

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. However, they are required to 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.

Deadlines for Completion of Animal Husbandry Placements

Preclinical - Animal Husbandry placement assignments are due in the first week of enrolment in VETS4236 (1st Semester of 4th Year) and therefore students must have completed all their farm placements by that time.

However, students are encouraged to complete all their Preclinical - Animal Husbandry placements prior to 2nd Semester of 3rd Year in accord with the relevant Extramural Student Placement Rotation Schedule. From 2nd Semester 3rd Year students will lose their priority over 2nd and 1st Year students in the allocation of preferences for placement with Ballot Sites. 3rd Year students may enter preferences and will be allocated if possible.

Preclinical (Animal Husbandry) Requirements

All compulsory core placements (Horse Stud, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry) must be undertaken in Australia. Elective placements may be taken at approved commercial properties and/or industry and wildlife establishments.

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 5th 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.

Preclinical (Animal Husbandry) Requirements - Students in 1st Year 2010 and 2009

Students in 1st Year 2010 and 2009 must complete the following species requirements to fulfil the unit of study:

Horse Stud - 5 Days
Dairy Cattle - 5 Days
Beef Cattle - 5 Days
Sheep - 5 Days
Pigs - 5 Days
Poultry - 5 Days
Total - 30 Days

The compulsory core Horse Stud Experience placement must be completed on a horse stud, not a riding school or performance horse property.

Students commencing 1st Year in 2009 & 2010 are able to undertake 28 days of discretionary/elective work.

Preclinical (Animal Husbandry) Requirements - Students enrolling in 1st Year from 2011

Students enrolling in 1st Year in 2011 must complete the following species requirements to fulfil the unit of study:

Horse Experience - 5 Days
Dairy Cattle Experience - 5 Days
Beef Cattle Experience - 5 Days
Sheep Experience - 5 Days
Pigs Experience - 5 Days
Poultry Experience - 5 Days
Week 1 Elective Experience - 5 Days
Week 2 Elective Experience - 5 Days
Total - 40 Days

Students commencing 1st Year from 2011 are required to undertake two weeks of Elective Experience at approved commercial properties and/or industry and wildlife parks/zoos etc for work with native fauna, zoo animals, marine animals, or other exotic species. Students may use their elective placements to gain further additional experience with the core compulsory species requirements or to work with native fauna, zoo animals, marine animals, or other exotic species.

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

Organisation of Placements

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

Students organise placements in three ways:

  • Ballot Site Placements are scheduled over the winter and summer breaks. 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, for the purpose of arranging a placement, according to the Availability information published for these sites 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 Ballot or Direct Application Sites. Refer to the Non Partner Site Placements page.

Information sessions are scheduled prior to each preference entering period, for Ballot Sites, for both the winter and summer placement periods. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year 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.