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 animal patients. This subject includes a compulsory Residential School held in Wagga for online students.


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

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



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conduct triage for the emergency and critical care of 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 support the veterinarian to perform required emergency procedures; and
  • be able to apply and maintain first aid to sustain animal life.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Triage and communication;
  • Advanced first aid of animals;
  • Shock;
  • Severe trauma;
  • Toxicities and metabolic crises; and
  • Physiological and decompensated crises in animals.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC393 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Client advice - emergency response scenario
Concept map - triage management of priority cases
Theory exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

The 2 day Residential School is designed to assist the students gain skills in emergency and critical care techniques that cannot be taught remotely due to the resources utilised.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory residential schools on CSU campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resource.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.