ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures & Veterinary Nursing (8)

This is the second of a suite of first year subjects (four in total) which are used for awarding of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This subject introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with veterinary clinical procedures and veterinary nursing. Students will develop knowledge and skills in veterinary imaging, laboratory procedures and the maintenance and preparation of a range of medical and diagnostic equipment. Students will also develop skills in veterinary nursing to enable them to assist in a range of medical and diagnostic procedures. This subject will also assist students to develop self reflection and self assessment skills in order to develop a strategy for professional lifelong learning. For all students (both internal and those studying by distance education), this subject includes online modules, tutorials, and a 4 day residential school (conducted on the GOTAFE campus at Wangaratta, Victoria) during which students will begin to develop practical skills essential for a veterinary technologist.

For the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, students are required to complete four subjects (ASC180, ASC181, ASC182 and ASC183) and a total of 35 days of workplace learning in a veterinary clinic to gain the knowledge and practical skills and competencies required for the awarding of the Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing.  Of these 35 days of WPL, 10 days were completed in ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care. The remaining 25 days are completed as extramural placements. Several of the required practical skills and competencies relate to the content provided in this subject and it is advised that students undertake concurrent extramural WPL while studying this subject. These 25 days of WPL are assessed in ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC182. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appropriately position animals for a range of imaging procedures;
  • be able to prepare and maintain a range of veterinary diagnostic equipment;
  • be able to describe radiation safety requirements and apply in a practical setting;
  • be able to describe the fundamentals of contrast media and apply in a practical setting;
  • be able to describe the maintenance protocol for a range of veterinary equipment and apply in a practical setting;
  • be able to assist in a range of diagnostic procedures;
  • be able to prepare for and assist in a range of medical procedures;
  • be able to prepare and administer (under veterinary supervision) intravenous fluids and blood products; and
  • be able to describe the principles of and provide high quality (veterinary) nursing care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Diagnostic procedures: veterinary imaging, radiation safety, clinical pathology procedures, ultrasound, ECG and endoscopy
  • Veterinary medical nursing: management of hospitalised patients, pain management, wound management, neonatal nursing, physical therapy, parenteral nutrition, fluid therapy, and routine observations

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to ensure students have the competencies that veterinary technologists are expected to have (based on industry needs). The program will include tutorials and practical classes associated with the following: laboratory techniques including in-house testing, sample collection, operation and maintenance of microscopes and other laboratory and diagnostic equipment including ECGs, endoscopes and ultrasounds, imaging and radiology equipment use, radiation safety, fluid therapy and the maintenance of fluid pumps, and catheter (intravenous and urinary) use and maintenance. The residential school will also include a practical examination.

Special Resources

Some students may be undertaking extramural workplace learning (in a veterinary clinic) for which they will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Travel and accommodation may also be required to attend a 4 day, compulsory residential school (for both internal and distance education students) conducted on the GOTAFE campus at Wangaratta, Victoria.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.