ASC393 Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (8)

 The subject extends the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing to the field of emergency and critical care. Successful completion of this subject enables students to prepare for an emergency response, prepare emergency procedures to sustain life and perform nursing procedures to support critical patients. This subject includes online modules and, 10 days of workplace learning in a specialist or emergency veterinary clinic/hospital  or a veterinary clinic with a significant emergency case load


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC393. 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 describe best practice and welfare procedures for caring for critically ill animals;
  • be able to prepare for an emergency response and implement critical care protocols;
  • be able to effectively communicate with and coordinate the team in an emergency environment;
  • be able to provide intensive care nursing support;
  • be able to create patient care plans in conjunction with the veterinarian;
  • be able to support the veterinarian to perform required emergency procedures;
  • be able to apply and maintain first aid to sustain life;
  • be able to carry out triage for emergency and critical care;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Care of the critically ill animal
  • Module 2: Management of traumatic wounds
  • Module 3: Cardiorespiratory emergencies
  • Module 4: Toxicology
  • Module 5: The acute abdomen
  • Module 6: Renal and neuro emergencies
  • Module 7: Metabolic and endocrine emergencies
  • Module 8: Reproductive emergencies

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning is to be undertaken in a specialist or emergency veterinary clinic/hospital or veterinary clinic with a significant emergency case load and involves the student gaining practical skills associated with emergencies and the care of critically ill patients.

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake workplace learning (in a specialist or emergency veterinary clinic or a veterinary clinic with a significant emergency case load) for which they will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 


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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.