ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession (8)

This subject involves preparation of students for their future employment as veterinary technologists by requiring students to integrate and consolidate knowledge and skills developed in preceding and concurrrent subjects. As such it is an opportunity to examine the role of the veterinary technologist including legislation, professional obligations, ethical dilemmas and introductory business acumen.  Ethical and welfare dilemmas are discussed during case based presentations.  Students will have the opportunity to research a contemporary issue of relevance to the veterinary paraprofession and will undertake a review of the literature. Presentation of this literature review to a group of peers and academics will provide students with the opportunity for critical review of their work.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC390. 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 clearly articulate their professional legal restrictions as a veterinary technologist and apply this to practical situations as they apply to professional conduct;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical frameworks influencing animal use in society;
  • be able to demonstrate communication skills resulting in the ability to effectively interact with clients, staff and colleagues;
  • be able to demonstrate basic business acumen;
  • be able to synthesise a literature review focused on a contemporary issue of relevance to veterinary technology;
  • be able to demonstrate skills of critical analysis and personal reflection; and
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional ethics and conduct
  • Legal restrictions - veterinary regulations, welfare regulation, codes of conduct
  • Personal management including dealing with personal stress, conflict and euthanasia
  • Research: finding and evaluation literature, training in experimental design, interpreting and analysing research data and the ethical use of animals in research
  • Communicating effectively with different cultural groups
  • OH&S with particular focus on the handling of large and exotic animal species
  • Acquiring employment: selection of potential workplace, the needs of employers, writing CVs, the application process
  • Critiquing research papers using a range of research paradigms: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods
  • Undertaking a literature review; structuring and writing a literature review

Special Resources

Students are required to attend a residential school located on campus at GOTAFE, 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.