VM4301 - Clinical Rotations: Part I

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Completion of Year 4 and Year 5 courses (except for VM4301 Clinical Rotations: Part 1) with C grade or above
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2023/24, Semester B 2023/24, Summer 2024
Semester B 2024/25 (Tentative), Summer 2025 (Tentative)

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

Clinical rotations I, II and III are an integrated program comprising of 27-weeks of core clinical veterinary education.

This will be an opportunity to combine all the skills sets obtained and apply them to a realistic clinical setting, whilst still under the observation of an academic institution. The clinical rotations will involve application of skills in clinical examination and diagnosis, clinical medicine, clinical pathology, therapeutics, pharmacy, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, clinical pathology, pathology, preventative vet medicine and health monitoring, and veterinary certification relevant to the particular class of animal.

The program is comprised of a 2-week pathology rotation, 2-week diagnostic imaging rotation, 2-week referral medicine rotation, 2-week surgery rotation, 2-week anaesthesia rotation, 4-week general practice rotation, 2-week emergency and critical care rotation, 1-week exotic rotation, 3-week equine rotation, 1-week  aquatics rotation, 1-week swine rotation, 1-week poultry rotation, 3-day small ruminant (mainly goats) rotation, 2-week ruminant rotation, and 1-week slaughterhouse rotation. The majority of the clinical rotations will be intramural at CityU's Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). The swine, poultry, small ruminant and aquatics rotations will be hosted by the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Science's Ambulatory Veterinary Services Team. 

The equine and ruminant rotations will be arranged in in-house veterinary departments of large livestock industry establishments. 

The clinical rotations make a major contribution towards the development of the competencies, skills and attributes required by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) of veterinary graduates. It also contributes to the development of the general professional skills and attributes, practical and clinical competencies expected by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) of newly qualified graduates, except that the student may not happen to experience situations in which competencies 38 (reporting of notifiable diseases) or 8 (reporting of suspected adverse reactions) apply. The clinical rotations will also contribute to the underpinning knowledge and understanding required by RCVS in relation to the development of effective interpersonal skills and an ethical approach to animals and veterinary practice.

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

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Assessment Schedule

Students will submit an activity log of the cases they have participated in provision of veterinary care, including for example health checks, case diagnostic investigations, treatments etc. Students will also submit a clinical skills log of each rotation with all clinical skills performed and signed off by rotation supervisors. Further, students will also complete a communication task and mini-CEX designed by the rotation supervisor.

The rotation supervisor will co-ordinate assessment of the performance of each student using an in training evaluation report (ITER). For rotations that are at least 2-weeks long, one will be administered at the mid-point, and one at the end of the rotation. Students identified at risk, at the end of the first week of the rotation will be given opportunities to remediate during the rotation to improve their performance. For rotations shorter than a week, students will be given formative feedback during the rotation where possible.

Students must achieve a satisfactory performance in the ITER administered at the end of the rotation, activity log, mini-CEX, communication task, clinical skills log and attend each rotation for the minimum required days in order to pass each rotation. Students that are assessed as unsatisfactory will be required to remediate in an additional intramural rotation.

At the end of the VM4303 Clinical Rotations Part III, students will sit for a Final Qualifying Examination that assesses students' clinical knowledge and competences.

An overall PASS grade will be appeared on a student's transcript if the student
1) Achieves a satisfactory performance on the in training evaluation report (ITER) of each rotation in this course
2) Achieves a satisfactory performance for the Activity Logs of each rotation in this course
3) Achieves a satisfactory performance in the mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) task
4) Achieves a satisfactory performance for the Communication Tasks of each rotation in this course
5) Achieves a satisfactory performance for the Clinical Skills Log of each rotation in this course
6) Attends each rotation for the minimum required number of days.

Attendance Requirement

Students are required to attend each 2-week rotation for a minimum of 9 days, each 3-week rotation for a minimum of 13.5 days, and each 4-week rotation for a minimum of 18 days. Full attendance is required for rotations that last 1 week or less. If students fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement, they are required to make up the days of absence at the rotation practice.
Detailed Course Information