VSC470 Clinical Rotation 10 - Clinical Extramural Studies 3 (8)


This clinical rotation is the final three weeks of compulsory Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) that all students must complete. The selection of the type of practice must allow compliance with the overall requirements of the CEMS program. Students are expected to be actively engaged in clinical activity for no less than 7 hours per day. Practices can be any practice in Australia or in other countries but must be approved by the School before students attend. Not all practices are necessarily suitable for EMS.

+ 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: VSC470
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 and
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) Students only
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453VSC468

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and discuss common medical and surgical treatments of farm, equine, companion, exotic and/or laboratory animals, as relevant to the placement;
  • be able to describe and perform competent veterinary examinations on a wide range of domestic animal species, as relevant to the placement;
  • be able to contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of the common conditions of animals in the current practice setting;
  • be able to communicate clearly in all aspects of veterinary work;
  • be able to discuss welfare and ethical issues associated with cases encountered and the wider activities of the veterinary surgeon in relation to individual clients, animals, the community and society;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate skills in critical analysis and personal reflection;
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour in all aspects of veterinary practice;
  • be able to display appropriate clinical reasoning skills during placement and in written assessment tasks; and
  • 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:
CEMS 3 is an open syllabus based on exposure to clinical veterinary practice under the instruction of experienced veterinarians. CEMS 3 is structured to allow students to choose a discipline or species of veterinary practice consistent with their vocational interests.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 15 days duration. Students are required to spend three weeks completing the final component of their Clinical Extramural Studies during this rotation.

Specialised Resources

As students are required to complete this subject in extra-mural clinical placements they may incur travel and 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.