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.

This subject includes online modules, 10 days of workplace learning in a veterinary clinic/hospital and a 3 day residential school (for students studying on campus or by distance education).

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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

ASC182 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;
  • be able to monitor and evaluate the status of patients;
  • be able to recognise change in patients;
  • be able to interpret patient data;
  • be able to recognise and define clinical problems; and
  • be able to implement diagnostic or therapeutic plans.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Physical examination and compilation of patient history
  • The technologist's role in veterinary consults
  • Nursing for various lifestages: neonatal, growing, adult (including gestating and lactating) and geriatric animals
  • Nursing for patients with specific conditions including but not limited to endocrine disorders, neoplasia, allergies, dermatological conditions
  • Chronic pain management
  • Behaviour modification
  • Advanced first aid
  • Preventative health
  • Nursing exotic animals
  • Infection control - isolation practices
  • Referral procedures
Workplace Learning
This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning is to be undertaken in an approved (by the Subject coordinator) veterinary clinic and involves the student gaining practical skills associated with veterinary medical nursing.

Residential School
This subject contains a 3 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 international accreditation requirements. The program will include tutorials and practical classes associated with the following: physical examination, history taking; advanced first aid; exotic animals; referrals; and isolation protocols and procedures.

Special Resources

Students will be required to undertake workplace learning (in a veterinary clinic) 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 at either CSU Wagga Wagga or GOTAFE, Wangaratta, Victoria depending on resource requirements.  Students will be advised at commencement of session with regards to the location of the residential school.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.