ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing (8)

The subject extends the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing in the field of medical nursing.  Successful completion of this subject enables students to: coordinate nursing procedures to support veterinarians and achieve best possible outcomes for patients; provide veterinary support in consultation; provide high quality care to hospitalised patients; prepare equipment, materials and medications; prepare patients for a range of procedures; and provide high levels of infection control.

For all students (internal and online) this subject includes 10 days of workplace learning in a veterinary clinic/hospital and optional animal neonatal unit such as a pig or dairy nursery or equine foal unit and a residential school conducted at CSUs Regional Study Centre, Wangaratta, Victoria. 




* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC392. 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


ASC280 and ASC306

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to provide a high level of nursing care;
  • be able to demonstrate excellent observational skills; and record as per clinic policy;
  • be able to monitor evaluate and record the status of patients and recognise change in physiological parameters;
  • be able to interpret patient data;
  • be able to recognise and define clinical problems; and
  • be able to implement diagnostic or therapeutic plans.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: The veterinary technologist, nursing care and client communications
  • Module 2: Advanced first aid
  • Module 3: Nursing for neonates and geriatrics
  • Module 4: Nursing for patients with specific conditions
  • Module 5: Pain management
  • Module 6: Nursing pocket pets and exotic animals

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning is to be undertaken at an approved (by the Subject Coordinator) veterinary clinic and optional animal neonatal unit such as a pig or dairy nursery or equine foal unit (maximum 5 days). The workplace learning involves the student gaining practical skills associated with veterinary medical nursing.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to ensure that students have the required veterinary nursing competencies to meet industry expectations and potential external accreditation requirements. The program will include tutorials, practical classes and practical examinations

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake workplace learning (in a veterinary clinic and an optional animal neonatal unit) for which they will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Additional travel and accommodation may be needed to attend a compulsory residential school conducted on campus CSUs Regional Study Centre, Wangaratta, Victoria.  


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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.