In this unit of study students will be introduced to, and begin to develop confidence and competency in, fundamental professional skills relevant to veterinary practice. The skills will include basic animal handling, basic clinical skills, personal and professional attributes, basic laboratory skills and clinical experience in veterinary teaching hospitals. Successful completion of this unit of study requires students to: (1) Attend and actively participate in all compulsory classes, (2) Achieve at least a pass grade in all compulsory assessment tasks, and (3) Submit all compulsory documents (veterinary teaching hospital site contracts and skills logs, feedback forms etc.).
Introductory lecture, practical classes and demonstrations, tutorials, field trips, workplace training in veterinary teaching hospitals, independent study
Practical examinations, oral presentations/examinations, written assignments/reflective statements, clinical supervisor feedback, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, formative self and peer assessment
There is no prescribed textbook for this unit. Students will be directed to appropriate resources as required.
Basic knowledge of clinical veterinary practice; empathy for and confidence in interactions with animals, One semester of study in each of general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.