VSC461 Clinical Rotation 3 - Dairy Cattle Practice (8)

A 3 week supervised clinical rotation in a dairy cattle practice affiliated with the University.
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 cattle medicine and surgery and the practice of herd medicine 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: VSC461. 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) Students only


VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and perform a complete clinical examination of the bovine and subsequently identify a diagnosis or prioritise a list of differential diagnoses;
  • be able to formulate a diagnostic and treatment/management plan for the common veterinary conditions of dairy cattle;
  • be able to perform where appropriate, or observe, and discuss common diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures relevant to dairy practice;
  • be able to communicate effectively with clients and practice staff;
  • be able to demonstrate a depth of understanding of the management of clinical cases in discussions with veterinary staff of the practice;
  • be able to work cooperatively with all members of the staff in the practice;
  • be able to describe approaches to investigations of veterinary problems which affect dairy cattle at the herd level, including those of nutritional, infective, metabolic or management related aetiologies;
  • be able to provide advice or recommend action to alleviate disease or production limiting problems in dairy cases;
  • be able to apply sound epidemiological and economic principles to the management of veterinary problems in dairy cases;
  • be able to use and analyse computer software to assist in the nutritional and/or reproductive management of dairy herds;
  • be able to prepare written reports on cases which are well researched and demonstrate a deep understanding of the veterinary issues involved;
  • be able to synthesise information from a variety of sources and present findings in written and/or oral form;
  • 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:
  • Cattle medicine
  • Cattle surgery
  • Epidemiology
  • Dairy cattle management, husbandry & production
  • Farm level economics
  • Communication
  • Pharmacology, including residues in food-producing animals
  • Clinical pathology and microbiology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC461 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
Reflective summary
Case reports
Journal article review

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students have to attend Dairy Cattle Practices for these rotations

Special Resources

Students have to provide own travel and accommodation to attend 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.