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 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.


Session 3 (90)

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
  • Communicating effectively with different cultural groups
  • OH&S with particular focus on wildlife and exotic animal species
  • Acquiring employment: selection of potential workplace, the needs of employers, writing CVs, the application process
  • Undertaking a critical appraisal of the literature; structuring and writing a literature review


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.