VSC460 Veterinary Professional Practice (8)


This subject provides didactic material for students underpinning clinic rotations completed during the final phase of their degree. As such, it bridges other clinical rotation subjects, providing a foundation for reflection, the integration of theory and practice and the identification of generic information and skills relevant to diverse vocational settings. Information is provided in lectures and online. The online Interact environment is utilised to provide self-assessment activities to assist students in preparation for their final examination process, as well as to maintain communication with students as they complete their rotation subjects asynchronously and by a combination of intramural and extramural placements. The final grade for this subject is determined by a final exam process combining written, oral and practical assessment tasks. This provides students with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge across the scope of veterinary species and vocational settings encountered during Phase 3, and to display proficiency in practical skills across a broad spectrum of clinical activities. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC460
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 sesssionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have a thorough knowledge of the pre-clinical and para-clinical disciplines underpinning veterinary professional practice. That is, that each student will have successfully completed all Phase 1 and Phase 2 subjects prior to commencing Phase 3 subjects. It is further advised that students do not attempt this subject unless they have completed, or are in the process of completing, all Phase 3 subjects.

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science or Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to display proficiency in a range of clinical procedures commonly encountered in veterinary practice and relating to veterinary medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging, clinical reasoning, pharmacology and therapeutics, anaesthesiology, reproduction, and the optimisation of herd / flock health and production.
  • be able to interpret the results of appropriate clinical examination and diagnostic methods to diagnose common disorders of animals, and identify appropriate treatment(s).
  • be able to utilise epidemiological principles and appropriate investigations to optimise production and/or to diagnose endemic and exotic disease incursions in animal populations;
  • be able to demonstrate assimilation of information from diverse sources and display appropriate clinical judgement and critical thinking to problems encountered in veterinary professional practice;
  • be able to apply existing knowledge to novel situations, contexts or problems in a logical and rational manner;
  • be able to communicate effectively with peers, both verbally and in writing;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal obligations of the profession; and
  • be able to apply scientific method and principles of evidence based veterinary practice to the interpretation and implementation of veterinary literature and research findings.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Small animal medicine and surgery
  • Equine medicine and surgery
  • Farm animal medicine, surgery and production
  • Epidemiology, biosecurity and public health
  • Pathology and clinical pathology
  • Anaesthesiology and intensive care
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Practice management and jurisprudence


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.