VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6- Specialism Practice (8)

This rotation provides students with in-depth study in one or more specialist areas of veterinary science. Students will complete a three week rotation which can be performed in one or more specialist practices, working with one or more specialist veterinarians. The rotation can be completed at CSU or another university veterinary teaching hospital approved by the subject coordinator, or in a specialist practice approved by the coordinator. Some practices work at an advanced level with a specialism focus, but are not strictly specialist. An alternative to specialist practice and specialist veterinarian may be approved by the subject coordinator. The rotation can be performed by repeating Clinical Rotation 1, 2 or 3 (Equine, Small Animal or Dairy Cattle Practice) and, if so, students are expected to demonstrate advanced levels of skills and knowledge in those rotations to achieve satisfactory grades, and receive credit. Successful completion of a repeat of Clinical Rotation 1,2 or 3 may be credited to this subject (VSC464). Students may not repeat any one of these rotations more than once in their course.

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: VSC464. 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)


VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the role of veterinarians working in the specialty(ies) in which the student worked.
  • be able to provide appropriate referral advice and services to clients in relation to veterinary specialists and manage the relationship between client, referring practitioner and specialist in a way which properly benefits the patient.
  • be able to recognise clinical conditions where referral is an appropriate consideration and institute levels of investigation and initial treatment appropriate for general practice prior to referral;
  • be able to discuss advantages and disadvantages of referral considering case management, animal welfare and economic factors;
  • be able to describe the specialist management of conditions commonly referred to veterinary specialists in the fields in which the student has worked for this rotation;
  • be able to make an informed statement of his or her own interest in pursuing further post-graduate training in a particular veterinary specialism;
  • be able to apply knowledge learned during the placement to cases managed subsequently in general veterinary practice;
  • be able to meet the Learning Outcomes described in the relevant rotation at an advanced level if repeating clinical rotation 1, 2 or 3;
  • be able to meet any additional learning objectives specified for individual specialism placements;
  • 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:
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • Veterinary Dermatology
  • Advanced veterinary reproduction
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Veterinary surgery
  • Veterinary internal medicine
  • Veterinary emergency medicine and critical care
  • Veterinary anaesthesia
  • Veterinary Radiology
  • Veterinary Ultrasonography
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Cardiology
  • Caged bird medicine
  • Veterinary oncology

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Registered referral Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Special Resources

A registered, functioning referral Veterinary Teaching Hospital


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.