Preclinical Placement Assessment

Assignments that address issues related to nutrition, reproduction, animal welfare, or scope for veterinary involvement on the farm are to be submitted in the second week of Semester 1 of fourth year. Reports are submitted on the VETS4236 eLearning site.

Assessment Guidelines for Students Entering Course Prior to 2011

One essay of 500 words maximum must be submitted for each of your Horse, Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Sheep, Pig, and Poultry placements. The essay should be written in a format that would be suitable as a report for the manager or owner of the property that you visited. You are encouraged to talk to the property owner and identify a suitable topic for your report.

The report should be substantiated by relevant research articles from the scientific literature.

Your report should also include:

i) your signed basic skills declarations

ii) a summary page of properties visited for the species

iii) a confidential assessment of the experience for each property visited (do not index). This is the entire feedback form.

Submission of all completed assignments, must include an Assignment Cover Page and be submitted via WebCT. Students are reminded that a mark is awarded for the completed practical reports in Fourth Year and the mark appears in the academic transcript.

Marks are awarded as a weighted average for each species based on presentation, content, critical analysis of the property, etc. Students may be required to present themselves for interview and/or rewrite one or more reports if the practical book is unsatisfactory. Of the grade awarded, 5% will be deducted for each day of late submission.

A prize, the Baker and Ridley Memorial Prize, is awarded to the student who submits the best practical book. The value of the prize is $150.

Animal Husbandry Practical Report Templates

Assessment Guidelines for Students Entering Course from 2011

For each compulsory placement you attend you will be required to complete the following tasks;

i) your signed basic skills declarations

ii) your daily diary

iii) a property management information form (PMIF)

In addition, your extramural supervisor will submit a Supervisor Report Form.

Basic Skills Declaration
The basic skills declaration form for each compulsory species can be found on the VVC website and in Appendix 2 of this handbook. These forms detail the expected level of skill in each task that will be expected for all veterinary students prior to commencing year 4. The appropriate form is to be updated online at the conclusion of each placement and as additional experience in the species is gained.

Handling Skills Declarations doc

Daily Diary
A daily diary is to be completed and submitted online for every compulsory species placement. A sample of the diary is provided in Appendix 3 and a proforma is located on the VVC.

Sample Daily Diary doc

Property Management Information Form (PMIF)
The PMIF is to be completed and entered online into the VVC website. A proforma PMIF for each species is provided in Appendix 4 and in document form on the VVC. To complete this form it will be necessary to question your extramural supervisor during your placement. It is suggested that you set aside a time, perhaps during a meal, when you can interview your supervisor and obtain the required information. You will need to transfer this data to the VVC upon completion of your placement.

Property Management and Information Forms doc

The Supervisor Report Form
The supervisor report form is completed by your placement supervisor and provides the faculty with a record of your placement. Grades are awarded by the supervisor for professionalism, communication and animal handling. Grades are awarded as proficient, satisfactory, marginal or unsatisfactory. Any student that receives a marginal or unsatisfactory grade in one or more categories will be required to explain the reason for their result and may be required to undertake remedial placements.
In many cases marginal or unsatisfactory results arise when there is a communication breakdown or when students do not display a professional attitude to placements. The best way to avoid such grades is to be enthusiastic, interested and willing to get in and have a go.

Basic Handling Skills Test

All students will be required to attend testing of Basic Handling Skills at the beginning of Year 4 at the University Farms, Camden, This test involves a random selection of skills on some or all of the designated species. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills to the required level of proficiency.

No grades will be awarded but any student failing to meet the prescribed standard will be required to undertake remedial practical work during Year 4. Students will be expected to maintain required standards; some tests may occur during Years 4 units of study and students not meeting appropriate standards may be required to undertake further remedial practical work.


All instances of plagiarism will be dealt with severely. It is deemed acceptable for students who attend properties together, to present the same descriptions of the property; however, critical analysis/Property Management Reports must be your own work. All collaborative work on the property description must be noted on your assignment cover page, each of the co-authors must be listed. All material and sources used in the preparation of each workbook must also be acknowledged if not your own work and must be quoted.

Plagiarism is a serious issue. The Faculty and the University take matters of plagiarism very seriously. Plagiarism. Student Coursework - Policy and Procedures.

Plagiarism within your Animal Husbandry Practical Report can lead to:
a/ Failure of the unit of study,
b/ A letter of ‘Good Standing’ not provided to the Board of Veterinary Surgeons by the Dean on graduation, or
c/ Expulsion from the Degree.

Note: A student failed this unit of study in 2004.