This Unit of Study introduces you to foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes for being an effective veterinary professional. Key themes include lifelong learning, professionalism, one health, communication, teamwork, ethics, the human-animal bond and anthrozoology, cultural competence, emotional intelligence and leadership. The course also orientates you to studying with the Faculty and University as you attain your veterinary degree. Specifically, this Unit of Study will prepare you for: contributing to society as a professional veterinarian; making the most of your veterinary degree; conducting effective veterinary consultations; working successfully in veterinary workplace environments and teams; fostering positive practices in relation to professional wellbeing and self-care; maintaining clear professional records; upholding professional standards and ethics; effectively approaching situations in different cultural settings; managing your finances and career; and consistently improving your professional practice. Developing your knowledge and skills in these areas will help you develop veterinary graduate attributes essential for long term effectiveness and success in your veterinary career.
1 week intensive at start of semester 1, then tutorials, lectures, presentations and independent study throughout the semester.
Presentation with peer feedback, self and peer assessment of leadership and teamwork competencies; written exam.
There are no prescribed textbooks for this unit of study. Students will be directed to appropriate resources as required.
One semester of study in each of: general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.