VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice (8)


A 3 week supervised clinical rotation in the Kay Hull Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Students will participate in the clinical procedures of the practice under supervision of a veterinary clinician. The rotation provides the opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery to a standard acceptable for a new graduate in veterinary science.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC457
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:
One sessionHD/FLSchool 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.
VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and perform a complete clinical examination of small animals likely to be encountered in Australian small animal veterinary practices;
  • be able to diagnose, treat and discuss the conditions of small animals commonly seen in veterinary practice;
  • be able to describe, perform and interpret common diagnostic procedures routinely used in small animal practice;
  • be able to describe and perform therapeutic and surgical procedures commonly used in small animal practice;
  • be able to professionally take and record a patient history, record clinical examination findings and put forward diagnostic, therapeutic and client education plans;
  • be able to contribute to case management and demonstrate appropriate clinical reasoning with reference to suitable literature and use of evidence based practice;
  • be able to utilise inductive reasoning to develop clinical knowledge and reflect on cases to aid continuing professional development;
  • be able to communicate effectively and empathically with owners of small animals, and with co-workers, peers and employers in veterinary practice;
  • be able to advise clients about options for referral to a specialist practice when appropriate;
  • be able to meet the business related needs of veterinary practices to operate effectively as commercial entities;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of clinical and assessment responsibilities.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Small animal medicine
- Small animal surgery
- Diagnostic imaging
- Pharmacology
- Clinical pathology
- Veterinary reproduction and obstetrics
- Business management
- Communication skills

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 15 days duration. Student attend small animal practices on rotations

Specialised Resources

Students are required to travel at their own expense to attend Clinical Rotation and also pay for any accommodation costs


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.