VSC420 Clinical Practice 2 (8)

Clinical Practice 2 extends the development of practical clinical skills and clinical reasoning skills for the fourth year veterinary student. Students will further develop knowledge and skills in surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with small animals, horses, cattle and sheep, and reproduction and obstetric procedures of the bovine and equine. Students will commence their intramural clinical rotations through the University's veterinary clinics and through visits to local sheep, beef and dairy farms.

Students will complete a project based on the study of a managed animal population. The production system will be described and a major problem which is limiting the health, welfare or productivity of animals in the population will be identified. Recommendations for improvement will be made in relation to welfare, productivity and financial performance.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC420. 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

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 competently perform a clinical examination, identify deviations from normal, monitor the health of animals, 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), and therapeutic procedures on a range of companion and production animals;
  • be able to integrate novice level clinical reasoning and decision-making with practical skills under supervision in routine settings;
  • be able to display understanding of common medical conditions (non-emergent, emergent and critical) , including diagnosis and management/ treatment options;
  • be able to design, implement, monitor, document and justify choices for anaesthesia and pain management including pre, intra and post operative care at a novice level;
  • be able to design a regimen and justify choices for anaesthesia and pain management in patients, with complex needs;
  • be able to appropriately and professionally plan and perform selected routine aseptic and field surgical procedures, including pre, intra and post operative care at a novice level;
  • 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 novice level;
  • be able to demonstrate basic skills in performing ultrasonography;
  • be able to investigate and report on a problem of animal health, welfare or productivity in an animal population and present the findings;
  • be able to display professional courtesy and increasing skill in professional communication with clients, staff and other students in formal presentations, practical classes, and clinical and other workplaces;
  • be able to display appropriate standards of professional behaviour in undertaking all activities, including compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and codes of conduct, prioritising animal welfare at all times, and upholding the good reputation of the veterinary profession;
  • be able to demonstrate high order numeracy skills sufficient for professional activities including drug dose calculations, dilutions, and analysis of numerical data; and use advanced levels of numeracy to investigate and solve problems; and
  • be able to demonstrate novice skills in preparing, maintaining and utilising clear, accurate and legally appropriate professional documentation including records, reports and correspondence.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Record keeping as related to legal aspects of veterinary practice.
  • Surgery and anaesthesia of small animals
  • Small animal clinical practice
  • Reproduction and obstetrics
  • Equine clinical practice
  • Farm animal clinical practice, including flock and herd health management
  • Dairy clinical practice
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Completion of a Farm Consultancy Project

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC420 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 %
Internal rotations
Livestock industry consultancy project
Artificial insemination practical assessment
Spey clinic
Diagnostic imaging final test
Online exam

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 4 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The only component of this subject classified as WPL (as in working in a clinic with patients) are:

The Equine Internal Rotation where all students cycle through the Veterinary Clinical Centre for four mornings during the session; the Farm Animal Internal Rotation, where students may go onto a farm, and the Dairy Internal Rotation, where students may visit dairies. These mornings are variable and depend on the availability of farms at the scheduled time of the visit.

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.