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'.

The Student 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 that a Principal Agreement is required to be both entered online and submited to the faculty office. A Profile Survey may also be required. 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 youarrange 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.

Advise your contact that the faculty requires a Principal Agreement Form (and Profile Survey if required) to be completed in order to set up the placement.

5. You will need to return to this page to download forms that will be required to set up your placement. See Principal Agreement Form and Profile Surveys section below.

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. Email a copy of the Principals Agreement Form and the Profile Survey or Zoo & Wildlife Profile Survey, as required, to

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.

Principal Agreement Form and Profile Surveys

A Principals Agreement Form will always be required to set up a placement. Pdf and Word versions follow. Your contact on site will need to review the Sample Placement Documents pior to signing the Principal Agreement Form and returning it to you.

Principals Agreement Form (pdf)

Principal Agreement Form Email Template (doc). You will need to adjust the text to make it relevant to your placement and attach the Sample Placement Documents.

Sample Placement Documents (pdf)


When your Non Partner Site Application is approved the VVC will also indicate if you need to enter and email 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)

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.

Winter 2015 to Summer 2016 Placements

Start Date for your placement in week commencing:

Enter Required Documents on VVC by 9am

Scan and Email Required Documents to vetscience.animalhusbandry@sydney.edu.au

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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.