VSC466 Clinical Rotation 8 - Mixed Practice (8)


This rotation exposes students to mixed rural veterinary practice. Mixed veterinary practices are common throughout rural Australia and perform an important role in their communities by ensuring access of the public to veterinary services, advice on zoonoses, public health and animal welfare and performing other community services, while also acting as sentinels for new or exotic diseases of animals and as a reserve for outbreaks of introduced disease in animals. This composite role is unique to mixed rural practice and CSU veterinary graduates require an understanding and familiarity with this complex community responsibility.

+ 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: VSC466
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)
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 the role of veterinarians working in mixed rural veterinary practice, including recognition of the contribution of veterinary practitioners in rural communities through activities beyond those associated with veterinary practice;
  • be able to communicate empathically and effectively with clients from a range of backgrounds, including primary producers and owners of companion and performance animals;
  • be able to assist in the provision of veterinary services to clients for a wide range of domestic animal species;
  • be able to perform clinical examinations and interpret findings for common domestic animal species;
  • be able to describe, perform and interpret diagnostic and therapeutic procedures commonly required in veterinary practice;
  • be able to integrate current scientific evidence with existing knowledge to develop clinical reasoning and problem solving ability and improve management of cases encountered in practice;
  • be able to conduct scientific research on a public health, animal welfare or animal health topic and communicate appropriate findings to the local community in a suitable oral or written format;
  • be able to integrate with lay and professional staff and contribute to effective clinical operations;
  • 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:
Veterinary reproduction
Veterinary surgery
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary emergency medicine
Veterinary anaesthesia
Diagnostic imaging
Public Health
Communication skills

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 15 days duration. Student must attend a Mixed Practice for this clinical rotation.

Specialised Resources

Students have to supply their own travel and accommodation for the Mixed Practice Rotation.


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.