Non Partner Site Placements


We refer to properties that are neither Ballot Sites or Direct Application Sites as ‘Non Partner Sites’. These will include all sites that we have previously sent students to and the many that we have not yet had contact with.

The Faculty does have some information about a large number of Animal Husbandry properties and there are properties that we know are not suitable for student placement. Additionaly, some Non Partner Sites have requested the Faculty not allow students to contact them. Therefore, students must apply for approval to contact Non Partner Sites. The sites listed on the VVC will be either Ballot or Direct Application Sites, and students should check this listing before applying to make contact.

Most Animal Husbandry placements are organised with our Partner Sites by Ballot or Direct Application. However, students will also need to source some of their placements with Non Partner Sites.

All Non Partner Site placements are organised through the VVC.. After students have checked the VVC to make sure their site is neither a Ballot or Direct Application Site, they log into the VVC and go to 'Non Partner Placements' and 'Enter new approval application'.

TheStudent Guide to Organizing Animal Husbandry Placements will assist you further in organising placements on the VVC.

Extramural Practical Work Placements - Electives

Students who commenced prior to 2010 have the option to complete 4 weeks of Discretionary Experience to develop further skills in other areas or to further their skills with the core species listed above. This includes Veterinary Practices, Wildlife Parks/ Zoos, Alpaca farms etc.

Students who commenced since to 2010 are required to complete 2 weeks of Elective Experience to develop further skills in other areas or to further their skills with the core species listed above. This includes Wildlife Parks/ Zoos, Alpaca farms etc. It does not include Veterinary Practices.

On completion of these placements, students are required to complete an online Self Assessment / Skills Sheet, a Feedback Form and have their supervisor complete a Supervisor’s Report. No assignments are required for Elective Experience.

Procedure for Applying for Placement to a Non Partner Site

Students wishing to attend a Non Partner Site for VETS4236 Preparation for Veterinary Practice, Animal Husbandry Placement Requirements should refer to the Submission Deadlines table below before proceding further.

Non Partner Site placements are organised online through the VVC. Following is an outline of the process:

1. Ascertain that the property is not a Ballot or Direct Application Site by searching the 'All Animal Husbandry Properties' list on the VVC, Animal Husbandry Properties pages.

2. Apply for approval to make initial contact with a site.

3. If approval is given, the record will indicate the required documents that you must both enter online and submit to the faculty office. Proceed to contact the site to request a placement. Ascertain that the property is a commercial operation and that it meets the minimum requirement for stock numbers as follows:

  • Beef Cattle: no less than 50 breeding cows
  • Dairy Cattle: more than 50 milking cows
  • Horse Stud requirement for current 3rd Year: Stud work essential, must be a commercial stud
  • Horse requirement for current 2nd and 1st Year: acceptable establishments include Equestrian, Performance, Racing, Riding Schools, Stables & Trainers, and Horse Studs. Hobby farms are not accepable.
  • Sheep: no less than 500
  • Pigs: no less than 30 sows and preferably 100. If it is a free range operation the Unit of Study Coordinator may approve as few as 20 sows but this would be reassessed when the Profile Survey is returned on a case by case basis.
  • Poultry: minimum 1,000 laying chickens, minimum 3,000 broiler chickens
  • Elective Experience (students enrolled in 1st Year from 2011): any commercial enterprise that is not a Veterinary Clinic.

Advise the site that you are wanting to arrange an Animal Husbandry placement (this is not a clinical placement). Explain what you need to achieve from this placement and give a short summary of the information you will want to obtain whilst on placement. Advise them that your Supervisor on site will be issued documents including details of your insurance cover and that they will be required to complete, and return, a short assessment of your placement.

4. If the property meets the stock requirements and is willing to host you arrange your dates with respect to the submission deadlines, given below, for the required documents . Make sure you allow enough time for your supervisor to complete and return these documents.

5. You will need to return to this page to download a Principals Agreement Form. AH_Principals Agreement Form (pdf)

When your Non Partner Site Application is approved it will also indicate if you need to enter and submit one of the Site Profile Surveys. If so you will need to return to this page and download one of the following. Please do not ask the site to complete a Profile Survey if it is not required.

Property Profile Survey (pdf)

Zoo & Wildlife Profile Survey (pdf)

6. Forward the Required Documents to your contact at the Property. Students generally complete as much of these documents as they can to speed up the process. Ask your contact to return these documents to you, not the faculty, within good time for you to enter them on the VVC.

7. Complete the Principals Agreement Form and the Profile Survey or Zoo & Wildlife Profile Survey, as required, on the VVC.

8. Submit a copy of the Principals Agreement Form and the Profile Survey or Zoo & Wildlife Profile Survey, as required, to the Extramural Admin Unit in the faculty office.

The student is responsible to ensure that the required documents are entered prior to the submission deadline. The VVC will not accept placement dates outside the deadlines. The student is responsible to ensure that the required documents are submitted to the Extramural Unit prior to the submission deadline.

9. Students will receive a Confirmation Email from the Extramural Admin Unit when their placement has been finalised. Confirmation indicates that the placement will be included as part of the student's course requirement and that their visit to the Property is covered by University insurance policies. Do not attend a site for which a placement has not been confirmed or for which no placement documents have been issued. Such a visit will not be considered part of the student's course requirements and will not be covered by University insurance policies.

Deadlines for Non Partner Site Principal Agreement and Profile Survey

Placements must be organised by the following deadlines so that the placement commencement documents may be printed and posted to arrive at the property at least a week prior to the commencement date of your placement.

Deadlines for the submission of the Principal Agreement Form and the Profile Survey (if required), online and to the Faculty office, is 9am, 16 working days prior to your Start Date. Allowance is made for the University's Christmas close-down period. This deadline will be not be adjusted except under an approved Special Consideration Application.

Students may arrange to attend placements at any time they are not required to be on campus. However, students will not be placed when the University is closed over the Christmas season.

Summer 2014 / 2015 Placements

Placement Period

Enter Required Documents

on VVC by 9am

Submit Required Documents

to Extramural Unit by 9am

Week 1: November 24 -30

October 31

October 31

Week 2: December 1 -7

November 7

November 7

Week 3: December 8 - 14

November 14

November 14

Week 4: December 15 -21

November 21

November 21

Week 5: January 5- 11

November 28

November 28

Week 6: January 12 - 18

December 5

December 5

Week 7: January 19 - 25

December 12

December 12

Week 8: January 26 - February 1

December 12

December 12

Week 9: February 2 - 8

December 12

December 12

Week 10: February 9 - 15

December 12

December 12

Week 11: February 16 - 22

January 23

January 23

Week 12: February 23 - March 1

January 30

January 30

 

Confirmation of Placement

Students will be issued a Confirmation Email when their Non Partner Site placement has been finalised. Do not attend a placement for which you have not received a Confirmation email. This is written confirmation that any arrangements you might have made are both on your record as counting toward your VETS4236 requirement and that your visit is covered by the University of Sydney insurance.

Email if you have not received a Confirmation email for a planned placement.