EMS Program Overview

Introduction to the Extramural Studies (EMS) Program

The EMS program provides veterinary science students with a unique opportunity to develop animal handling skills and to increase knowledge of animal based industries and the professional attributes necessary for success in a career in veterinary science.

This program has also been designed to meet the faculty’s requirements for accreditation of your course and as such, it is an important part of your veterinary education.

As part of the EMS program you will be required to attend both intramural (that is, at the university) and extramural (outside the university) placements. While it is your responsibility to arrange and attend extramural placements, a “Partner Placement Program” is run by the faculty to assist you with meeting your obligations. The EMS placement program relies on the good will of Partner sites to provide you with these opportunities. It is important to remember that while on placement, you are representing the university and your colleagues and you should behave in a professional manner at all times.

This guide should provide you with all the information required to assist you in planning and completing your EMS requirements from 1st Year to 4th Year. 5th Year Clinical Placements are covered separately. Further enquiries should be directed to the relevant staff members either in person or via your university email account (refer to Contacts section).

Extramural Student Placement Rotation Schedule

Relevant to students enrolling from 2011.

The Extramural Student Placement Rotation Schedule has been designed to assist students in developing a plan for fulfilling their placement requirements for VETS4236 and VETS4232. This roster indicates the time period allocated to each group for a particular species. Students rostered on for a species will be given first priority for that species when placements are allocated for Partner Sites. While every effort will be made to place students according to their group rotation, it is probable that some students will not be successfully placed due to either a shortage in Partner sites or due to preference being given to students in more senior years. In this case students are encouraged to find a non-partner site for their scheduled rotation.

The Extramural Student Placement Rotation Schedules should be considered carefully before group selection. Students will sign into one of 16 groups on the eCommunity Site on Blackboard. The Sub Dean for Animal Husbandry will advise late in 1st Semester when students are able to sign in and will set a deadline.

Students who enrolled in 1st Year in 2011 refer to the 2011 EMS Rotation Schedule pdf

Students who enrolled in 1st Year in 2012 refer to the 2012 EMS Rotation Schedule pdf

Students who enrolled in 1st Year in 2013 refer to the 2013 EMS Rotation Schedule pdf

Students who do not proceed through the course will need to refer to the Rotation Schedule for subsequent years.

All Preclinical - Animal Husbandry placements must be completed prior to the Abattoir Training plalcement in the final week of the winter break in their 3rd Year. There are more than 30 weeks from the end of 1st Year to this deadline for students to organize the 8 weeks of animal husbandry placements around their vacation/family and work commitments.

Assignments related to these placements are not due until the 1st week of 1st Semester, 4th year. However, students are still required to complete their placements before the end of winter 3rd Year or, at least, to have Non Partner sites arranged to attend. To encourage students to comply with this requirement, those students who fail to complete their required placements by this deadline will lose any priority based on their enrolment year in the ballot system for placement with Partner sites.

All placements must be arranged through the faculty.

Placements are generally arranged with the faculty's Partner sites and information about these sites is available to students on the Virtual Veterinary Campus (VVC). Placements are arranged through a preference entering and random ballot system. An information session on placement selection and allocation will be held prior to each preference entering period.

Exemption Applications

The University policy is not to grant partial exemptions for units of study, therefore, students cannot apply for a partial exemption from any placements in the Extramural Studies Program.

Uni Email

When corresponding with the faculty students must send from their University email address. Emails from alternate addresses may be misdirected into Junk E-mail and overlooked until less busy periods. Faculty will not be responsible for problems arising from misdirected correspondence.

Students must direct their enquiries to the relevant extramural email address.
Preclinical - Animal Husbandry enquiries to
Preparatory Clinical enquires to
Abattoir enquiries to

The Subject of your email should include the name of the property/clinic/site and relevant dates. Animal husbandry enquiries should include the relevant species.

Students should develop an email signature with the following information:

  • Full name. Family name in bold or capitalized if there may be some confusion.
  • SID
  • Year eg. 1st Year