Aims and objectives of EMS Program

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EMS placements are undertaken in a range of veterinary-related contexts to allow you to practice animal handling skills and to gain an appreciation of the role of the veterinarian and how veterinary medicine and science operate in “real-life” and commercial environments. Your placements are also designed to assist you to gain the required skills necessary to successfully progress into final year and achieve the Faculty's graduate attributes. An overview of the attributes to be achieved by all newly-graduating veterinarians is provided in this handbook (see Graduate attributes). Specifically, placements should:

1. To enable students to master animal handling and manipulative techniques.

You should start to acquire these skills from the beginning of the undergraduate course. The veterinarian who is unskilled or ill at ease in carrying out basic animal handling procedures risks serious injury and lacks credibility with the general public and farming community. Most of the relevant handling skills for the domestic species are demonstrated in practical classes in Animal Husbandry classes delivered in First Year.

The various animal handling techniques in which you should gain experience are listed in the guidelines labelled ‘Basic Handling Skills' for each species in this handbook. Each list also indicates the required level of proficiency that you should attain by the beginning of Year 4.

2. Introduce students to activities in the various animal industries and practical management problems.

Many students commencing the Veterinary Science degree program have little or no detailed knowledge of the husbandry of domestic animals. Students must familiarise themselves with the nature of each animal industry.

This information must be obtained by working with farmers, trainers and other practical lay people on farms and commercial animal facilities; it cannot be satisfactorily obtained at university or by working with veterinary practitioners. The resulting insights will improve your understanding and enhance your appreciation of the various undergraduate units of study given by your lecturers.

3.Allow students to develop effective professional standards of behaviour and effective working relationships with members of the (rural) community engaged in animal industries.

As a professional veterinarian, you will need to develop an understanding of the diverse needs and operating methods of the farming community. Extramural practical work offers the opportunity to live and work with people who have a great practical skill base and knowledge of their industry from which you can learn.

These people offer students their time and resources voluntarily and without payment and this generosity should be respected at all times and reciprocated in kind, e.g. by doing some of the ‘dirty’ work if required. Students are expected to display a high degree of professionalism at all times, and conduct themselves in a socially acceptable manner, particularly when invited into family homes.