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Fit for Practice Elective

Course code/name: VETS5016 Greencross Fit for Practice Elective

Course Coordinators: Dr Glen Richards (Greencross) / Dr Judy Seaton (UQ)

Course description: Three (3) week practical elective program at a Greencross Animal Hospital

Course Aims

The purpose of this course is to assist final year veterinary students in the transition from student to working professional and to attain a high professional standard in the practice of companion animal medicine and surgery. This course involves two  one day “fit for practice” workshops at Greencross Woolloongabba (pre and post the practice rotations) and 13 days under supervision and active mentoring in a Greencross Animal Hospital. 

Learning Objectives

  • put five years of veterinary training into practice in Greencross companion animal hospitals
  • attain a high professional standard in the practice of companion animal medicine and surgery
  • understand the operation of a private animal hospital in relation to case exposure, case work-up, hospitalisation procedures and client administrative matters
  • demonstrate communication and clinical skills including how to take a thorough history, carry out a clinical examination of an animal, and give advice on wellness and preventative programs
  • demonstrate making a diagnosis using a problem-based approach
  • show competency in carrying out, advising and utilising further diagnostic and/or treatment procedures 
  • interpret data after utilising diagnostic aids/ equipment commonly used in veterinary practice
  • select the appropriate therapy and know where to find and how to calculate drug doses
  • exercise responsibility and decision making when in charge of a case
  • communicate with professionals, auxiliary staff in the work place and the general public
  • diagnose and treat diseases of dogs, cats, birds and wildlife with emphasis on correct diagnostic techniques in order to establish a treatment plan 
  • accurately document all data collected
  • coordinate and extend previous theoretical training through delivering a weekly case study
  • expand knowledge not formally dealt with elsewhere
  • permit time for consolidation and reflection of previously presented “facts” and concepts, especially in relation to clinical cases to which students are exposed
  • quickly accessing current information, both electronic and hardcopy, when needed to manage a patient
  • demonstrate familiarity with resource tools including internet sources, text books and VIN 
  • clearly understand the concept of Standards of Care and patient advocacy
  • clearly understand that many clients require a thorough explanation of the medical conditions and the expected outcomes and adverse effects of the medical condition and treatment  

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