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AVBS3000: Professional Development

Students are required to undertake professional development in University vacations as an integral and essential part of their overall training in the degree of Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. Students will complete 60 days of professional work experience throughout their program by the commencement of fourth year, including a minimum of 20 days spent on commercial animal production enterprises. Students will visit at least two different farming enterprises in the major and emerging animal production industries. The remaining 40 days will include at least one placement with an animal-related business or service provider, and experience in either a scientific research organisation or short scientific volunteer position. Students will undertake additional placements at relevant animal or animal-related businesses, farms or organisations as required to complete 60 days. A professional consultant-style report must be submitted after each placement. Seminars to promote awareness of career options and current issues in animal science will be provided on a regular basis by past graduates and other professionals working in the animal industries. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these as possible throughout their degree program, and are required to submit four case studies based on material presented in these seminars. Attendance at seminars is compulsory during third year. Students will also submit an essay on a current issue in the animal science area of their choice.

Code AVBS3000
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have gained knowledge of the major and emerging animal industries first-hand
  • LO2. have gained experience in the production, development, finance, marketing, research and management of domestic, native and exotic animals and animal products across a range of environments and managerial systems
  • LO3. have gained an awareness of current issues associated with animal science in a global context
  • LO4. apply the range of interpersonal skills necessary to establish a professional rapport with clients, colleagues and academics
  • LO5. have developed particular interests that may inform your choice of career
  • LO6. have gained experience in CV writing and job interview techniques
  • LO7. write a professional consultant-style report.

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