This unit of study involves a 4 week rotation with a public agency or company involved in servicing the livestock industries and/or public health. Student interns will be under the supervision of District Veterinarians, Veterinary Officers or other senior staff members approved by Faculty and may be involved in ongoing agency projects, including field investigation and implementation of animal health plans, animal health policy and regulation, and laboratory services and research. In Australia, the majority of placements are with the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA, soon to be called Local Land Services, LLS) of NSW, the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) or equivalent in each state, and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Other Faculty approved agencies, including research and diagnostic laboratories, are also allowed. Pre-approved overseas locations are encouraged, particularly for international students in their home state or country or students keen to work in developing countries. Students unable to be placed with an extramural agency may do the placement intramurally. Placements involving a substantial amount of clinical work or work with small animals are not generally acceptable for this Unit of Study. The placement provides practical opportunities to build on and apply knowledge acquired in semester 8, particularly in veterinary public health, livestock industry legislation, quarantine, food production and hygiene, livestock disease control and prevention, herd health, animal welfare and relevant basic and clinical veterinary science disciplines. Student interns are expected to fully participate in agreed activities whilst attending this placement, typically taking on the role and schedule of a full time supervised associate. During the rotation, students are required to complete a Written Report (approximately 3,000 words) and undertake a Communication Task (under local supervision). The topics for these are to be negotiated with the local supervisor who may suggest relevant local issues for these tasks.
4 week practicum
(1) Supervisor Report Form; (2) Written report (approx 3000 words); (3) Communication task (under local supervision)
successful completion of BVSc Year 1-4Prohibitions