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Aims & Objectives of Phase 3

By the end of Phase 3 students should be:

  • Eligible to graduate with a degree registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in each Australian state - that is, students should have satisfied all course requirements within the CSU Veterinary Science programme.
  • Confident to enter veterinary private practice, consultancy, research, industry or government positions and contribute immediately to the success of their workplace.
  • Prepared to undertake ongoing professional development and continued learning throughout their careers.
  • Aware of advanced career paths within the profession and able to achieve a satisfying professional career and appropriate work-life balance.
  • Equipped to contribute to society as valued community members and leaders.
  • Able to progress and prosper within the profession.

Phase 3 Objectives

In satisfying these aims students are referred to professional standards expected of veterinarians, articulated by as the Australian Veterinary Boards Council as "Essential Competences Required of the Veterinary Surgeon" and by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as "Essential Competences Required of the New Veterinary Graduate".

In demonstrating these competences, CSU Veterinary Graduates should be able to:

Objective 1 Recognise, through appropriate clinical examination and diagnostic methods, common disorders of animals, and institute appropriate treatment.
Objective 2 Utilise epidemiological principles and appropriate herd health investigations to optimise production and recognise or diagnose endemic and exotic disease incursions in a herd or flock situation.
Objective 3 Competently perform basic clinical skills, as identified by the CSU Clinical Skills Handbook, allowing safe and effective professional practice under appropriate supervision and support.
Objective 4 Apply knowledge gained throughout the veterinary course to the workplace in a logical, critical and effective manner.
Objective 5 Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and the general public, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate technical language.
Objective 6 Develop strong professional relationships with clients, colleagues and the wider community.
Objective 7 Utilise autonomy and interpersonal skills to work effectively both independently and within a team.
Objective 8 Demonstrate a sense of service to the community and a commitment to the ethical and legal obligations of the profession.
Objective 9 Identify individual learning needs and demonstrate advanced skills in self-directed learning.
Objective 10 Maintain an awareness of recent advances in the veterinary sciences and demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development.
Objective 11 Develop areas of special interest and expertise permitting an advanced level of professional activity.
Objective 12 Apply scientific method and evidence based practice in professional activities.
Objective 13 Demonstrate organisational and business management skills to support personal and professional endeavours.
Objective 14 Uphold the role of the profession as informed contributors to aspects of public health and animal welfare relevant to their sphere of vocational activity.