VSC462 Clinical Rotation 4 - Rural Practice (8)

A 3 week supervised clinical rotation in a rural practice affiliated with the University.
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  medicine, surgery, reproduction and obstetrics and the practice of herd medicine to a standard acceptable for a new graduate in veterinary science.


Subject Outlines
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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: VSC462. 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 discuss major constraints on livestock production;
  • be able to describe a range of production systems and husbandry decisions made by livestock producers;
  • be able to communicate effectively with livestock producers;
  • be able to assist in the provision of veterinary services to clients for a wide range of domestic animal species;
  • be able to perform, interpret and discuss clinical examinations of livestock;
  • be able to describe, perform and interpret bull soundness (reproductive) examinations;
  • be able to perform and discuss common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures commonly required in rural veterinary practice, including management of dystocia;
  • be able to evaluate best available scientific evidence and apply to clinical practice;
  • 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:
  • Animal production
  • Veterinary reproduction
  • Veterinary obstetrics
  • Veterinary surgery
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Communication skills

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subjects requires Workplace Learning for its entirety at a rural vet practice

Special Resources

Students are required to travel to complete the practicum component of this subject


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.