VM1001 - Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Credit Units
Course Duration
2 weeks
Course Offering Term*:
Summer 2023
Summer 2024 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills will be taught in an intensive two-week period commencing immediately after the end of Semester B examinations.  It will be followed by one clear week before any scheduled Husbandry EMS begins to allow time for remediation and reassessment should any students be judged inadequate in their interactions with some species.  6-8 students will be in each group under close supervision by a Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences staff member and the activities will take place on a farm or in a kennel, cattery, or stables that has the standard handling facilities for the particular species. This will be followed by a practical Animal Handling examination in the form of directly observed procedure where students are observed by a suitably qualified and experienced assessor.

Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills will have been preceded by Livestock Husbandry and in that course, sheep handling and the sheep industry more generally will be covered.

The pattern of teaching and learning will be the same for each species. There will be a recap presentation by the staff member about indicators of the temperament of the particular species followed by the students’ assessment of the breed and temperament of the animals presented for the class. This is followed by a revision of the animal handling activities which will be demonstrated by the staff member and practiced by each student several times. Animal handling competency will be assessed by means of by a Practical Examination in which students are expected to demonstrate they can competently handle and restrain cattle, horses, dogs and cats to pass. There will be an opportunity in the week following for remedial teaching, learning, and assessment.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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