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VSC419 Veterinary Practice 4 (0)


This subject continues the development of the professional skills of veterinary students in the middle parts of their course.  In particular, clinical skills are developed for the first time in the setting of commercial practices, an independent consulting exercise is commenced with a client who manages an animal population, communication skills are further developed and reflection on learning and professional experiences is continued. For entry into professional placement/practicum subjects.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: VSC419
Where differences exist between the handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsSY/USSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to;
  • perform basic clinical procedures with animals presented to a veterinary clinic
  • work cooperatively in a veterinary clinic as an aid to both lay staff and clinicians  
  • demonstrate strong communication skills with clients and colleagues
  • consult with a manager of an animal population and identify issues to improve animal health, welfare and productivity
  • conduct basic review of a farm animal population, or similar, and to exercise sound judgement about the need for changes in management
  • exercise reflective practice when working in veterinary clinics or other veterinary-related workplaces


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • communication skills training
  • the way to conduct an on-farm investigation, and to develop a report to a consultancy client
  • the first period of clinical extramural studies CEMS-1 (performed after completing Year 3).

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.