Course level





Veterinary Science School




Two Semesters

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 4 Practical or Laboratory hours


VETS2007; VETS2008; ANIM2503


Enrolment restricted to Veterinary Science students only

Assessment methods

A combination of practical and theoretical knowledge will be assessed. Students will build a course portfolio across both semesters, which will include written and digital (video/audio) content consisting of individual and small-group projects and reflections on critical thinking, ethics, practice management, and animal welfare content presented in the course. End of semester theory-based written examinations in both first and second semester will be complemented with clinical skills practical examinations (OSCE) at the end of second semester, and an end-of-course VIVA examination testing student skills in information integration, scenario-based problem-solving and clinical reasoning as a hurdle to advanced clinical training in 4th year.

Course coordinator

Dr Aaron Herndon (Semester 1 ) / Dr Helen Owen (Semester 2)

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 Gatton Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

Veterinary clinical practice encompass a broad range of skills required to be a successful veterinary practitioner and to proceed to the clinical years of the BVSc program. Broadly, this course will provide essential introductory training in both clinical approach and reasoning, as well as practical clinical skills. Students will develop skills in physical examination of different species, foundational clinical skills in radiography, radiology, surgery and anaesthesia, critical thinking and problem solving skills, the problems-based approach to clinical practice, and veterinary medical ethics and animal welfare and their application to clinical decision making.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 Gatton Internal Course Profile