This unit of study comprises a 4-week practicum in Small Animal Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine. The Small Animal Anaesthesia component provides student interns with an opportunity to apply the principles and practices of veterinary anaesthesia introduced to them in VETS4133 (Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 1) and VETS4234 (Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 2) in the clinical setting of a large small animal veterinary hospital. This practicum is designed to give student interns exposure and experience in clinical anaesthesia to help develop a deeper understanding of this discipline and prepare them for veterinary practice. Student interns are involved in the management of a wide variety of cases from the time the patient is admitted up until when the patient has fully recovered from anaesthesia . This unit of study aims to foster a culture of shared leadership, team-work, professional conduct, compassion towards animal patients and open communication in the work environment. Student interns participate in all activities undertaken by the UVTHS Anaesthesia Unit staff, including (but not restricted to) pre-anaesthetic examination, formulation of anaesthesia and analgesia plans, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia, record keeping and post-operative care (including pain management). Student interns will learn and practice the many technical skills required to perform general anaesthesia including physical examination, intravenous catheterisation, endotracheal intubation, collection of blood for diagnostic testing. After completing the anaesthesia component of this unit of study, student interns will be able to choose the appropriate anaesthetic protocol for anaesthesia in healthy (ASA 1 and 2) small animal patients and induce and maintain anaesthesia in dogs and cats with a degree of proficiency acceptable for a new graduate (refer to the Faculty of Veterinary Science Graduate Attributes). The Emergency Medicine component of this unit of study gives students experience and training in the management of emergency cases and the care of hospitalised patients after-hours. Students will have the opportunity to practice clinically-relevant techniques such as history taking, physical examination, diagnostic sample collection, interpretation of radiolographs and ultrasound, medical record keeping, critical analysis of case-related information, development and implementation of treatment plans and evaluation of outcomes. There is a focus on triage, treatment and management of cases presenting in an emergency situation. The aim of this sub-rotation is to learn how to approach a patient presented as an emergency, to generate a problem list and to prioritise treatment of the most life threatening problems. In addition, interns should gain an appreciation of the holistic nature of veterinary practice, the importance of client-veterinarian, veterinarian-patient and collegial interactions, from the moment the client makes an appointment through resolution of the presenting problem and beyond. As part of this unit of study, students will participate in other University Veterinary Teaching Hospital activities including intensive care duty and weekend duty.
4 week practicum; tutorials; self-directed learning activities
Students must achieve satisfactory grades in all assessment tasks in both the Small Animal Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine components, to achieve an overall satisfactory grade in this UoS. Assessment of clinical performance and competency will be assessed using a Supervisor Report Form. Written assessment tasks include activity log, analgesia plan, pain assessment sheet, anaesthetic records, intensive care monitoring record and skills report; Communication tasks include case presentation at rounds, presentation of a journal article and critical review.
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successful completion of BVSc Year 1-4Prohibitions