VSC410 Clinical Practice 1 (8)

Clinical Practice 1 is the introduction to practical clinical skills for the fourth year veterinary science student. Students will develop knowledge and skills in surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with small animals, horses, cattle and sheep, through a series of tutorials and practical classes in the University's veterinary clinics, equine centre and farm.

Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) 1 is part of Clinical Practice 1.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC410. 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

 Students enrolled in the following courses only:

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to perform a clinical examination in a normal animal, and record appropriate clinical information;
  • be able to safely demonstrate developing skills in a range of diagnostic (including collecting, interpreting, and reporting data at individual and herd levels), therapeutic procedures on a range of companion and production animals;
  • be able to design, induce, maintain, monitor, document and justify choices for anaesthesia and pain management, including pre-, intra- and post-operative care at a beginner level;
  • be able to appropriately and professionally perform selected routine aseptic and field surgical procedures, including pre-, intra- and post-operative care at a beginner level;
  • be able to describe positioning of animals for radiography, integrating previous learning in radiographic techniques;
  • be able to describe and interpret the significance of normal and abnormal findings in various diagnostic imaging modalities in a variety of species at a beginner level;
  • be able to commence integration of clinical reasoning with practical skills under supervision in routine settings and display an emerging understanding of common medical conditions, including diagnosis and management/treatment options;
  • be able to display emerging professional communication skills in structuring and conducting a consultation in a simulated setting;
  • be able to display professional courtesy and emerging professional communication skills with clients, staff and other students in clinical workplaces and in practical classes; and
  • be able to display well-developed communication skills in oral presentations and written reports to academic staff and peers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • surgery, anaesthesia and pain management of small animals
  • introduction to radiology, radiography and diagnostic ultrasound
  • introduction to equine clinical practice
  • introduction to farm animal clinical practice (bovine and ovine);
  • veterinary private practice visits - Clinical Extra Mural Studies - CEMS 1
  • record keeping as related to legal aspects of veterinary practice.
  • client and colleague communication skills training; consultation techniques and the mock consultation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC410 in Session 1 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 %
Spey clinic
Bovine ce prac
Equine ce prac
Ovine ce prac
Cems 1
Entry to spey clinic assessment
Diagnostic imaging in session test
Diagnostic imaging end of session test
Final exam surgery and anaesthesia

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The WPL component of this subject involves 4 weeks of Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS 1) at different veterinary practices of the students choice across Australia and overseas and precedes 5 weeks of CEMS 2 later in Phase 2, and 3 weeks of CEMS 3 in Phase 3. There are restrictions on the type of practice. Students must contact the placement and organise suitable dates, complete a Placement Request Form which enables the Placements Officer to contact the Practice and send documents relating to the student's level of knowledge, OH & S requirements and assessment forms. Students must find their own way to the practice and organise their own accommodation.

CEMS 1 is part of the compulsory Clinical Extra Mural Studies component required of all veterinary science courses in Australia and New Zealand.

Special Resources

Students must arrange their own transport to and accommodation at the CEMS placement of their choice. Placements will occur out of session.

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.