VSC456 Clinical Rotation 1 - Equine Practice (8)

A 3 week supervised clinical rotation in the equine practice of the CSU Clinical Training Centre or an affiliated practice.
Students will participate in the clinical procedures of the practice under supervision of a veterinary clinician. The rotation provides the opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge in equine medicine and surgery to a standard acceptable for a new graduate in veterinary science.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC456. 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 Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)


VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to perform a clinical examination of a horse;
  • be able to handle and examine adult horses and foals safely;
  • be able to diagnose and treat the common conditions of horses;
  • be able to describe and perform diagnostic procedures commonly used in equine practice;
  • be able to obtain and interpret radiographic and ultrasonographic images from horses and foals;
  • be able to perform and interpret 'stat' laboratory investigations including PCV, TP, lactate, glucose, urinalysis, body cavity fluid analysis;
  • be able to interpret and assimilate clinical pathology results into case management;
  • be able to contribute to routine and emergency case management including primary and referral accession cases and afterhours care;
  • be able to keep complete and accurate case records;
  • be able to describe and perform therapeutic procedures commonly used in equine practice, including anaesthesia and minor surgical procedures;
  • be able to demonstrate correct aseptic technique and assist in routine and/or referral surgical procedures;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of equine specialists and the manner in which referrals to specialists should be made;
  • be able to appraise scientific literature and use this information to direct clinical decision making;
  • be able to present cases at clinical rounds and make informed contributions to case discussions;
  • be able to communicate effectively and empathically with horse owners or connections, and with staff and fellow students;
  • be able to conduct themselves in a professional, courteous and considerate manner; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of clinical and assessment responsibilities.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Equine medicine
- Equine anaesthesia
- Equine surgery
- Equine reproduction
- Diagnostic imaging
- Clinical pathology
- Pharmacology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC456 in Session 3 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 %
Clinical skills handbook
Standard assessment sheet
Ebvm oral presentation
Case list
Written examination

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students attend the rotation at Equine Practices

Special Resources

Student have to provide their own travel and accommodation for these rotations

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.