VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice (8)

A 3 week supervised clinical rotation in the Kay Hull Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Students will participate in the clinical procedures of the practice under supervision of a veterinary clinician. The rotation provides the opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery to a standard acceptable for a new graduate in veterinary science.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC457. 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

Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) Students only.


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 and perform a complete clinical examination of small animals likely to be encountered in Australian small animal veterinary practices;
  • be able to diagnose, treat and discuss the conditions of small animals commonly seen in veterinary practice;
  • be able to describe, perform and interpret common diagnostic procedures routinely used in small animal practice;
  • be able to describe and perform therapeutic and surgical procedures commonly used in small animal practice;
  • be able to professionally take and record a patient history, record clinical examination findings and put forward diagnostic, therapeutic and client education plans;
  • be able to contribute to case management and demonstrate appropriate clinical reasoning with reference to suitable literature and use of evidence based practice;
  • be able to utilise inductive reasoning to develop clinical knowledge and reflect on cases to aid continuing professional development;
  • be able to communicate effectively and empathically with owners of small animals, and with co-workers, peers and employers in veterinary practice;
  • be able to advise clients about options for referral to a specialist practice when appropriate;
  • be able to meet the business related needs of veterinary practices to operate effectively as commercial entities;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of clinical and assessment responsibilities.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Small animal medicine
- Small animal surgery
- Diagnostic imaging
- Pharmacology
- Clinical pathology
- Veterinary reproduction and obstetrics
- Business management
- Communication skills

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Student attend small animal practices on rotations

Special Resources

Students are required to travel at their own expense to attend Clinical Rotation and also pay for any accommodation costs


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.