REGISTERING TO HOST A STUDENT
Before you, or your clinic, is able to host a work placement student, there are a few steps that both you, and the student, will need to complete.
Firstly, your clinic must be an approved training clinic. For more information on this process, pop over to this page. It’s completely free and your clinic registration lasts for two years. Clinic registration covers Cert II, III and IV students.
All vets and nurses involved in mentoring ACVN students must register and be approved Clinical Mentors. Again, this is free, and in return for hosting the student, you’ll receive some great perks. For general information on being a Clinical Mentor – read this page.
The final step is to ensure both a Vocational Placement Agreement& Training Plan is completed and signed by a clinic representative, the student or their guardian, and a representative of the training organisation. This is an extremely important document to ensure we all meet legislative requirements and it is used to start the placement insurance coverage.
MANDATORY SUBJECTS PRIOR TO COMMENCING VOCATIONAL PLACEMENT
Prior to commencing placement, all students are required to complete and pass the ‘WHS in the Vet Clinic’ and ‘Animal Behaviour and Handling’ subjects. We also recommend they complete all theory related to the placement skills, prior to commencing placement.
The mandatory subjects are there to ensure the student understands how to keep safe when in a veterinary clinic. However, you should still do a WHS induction on day one like any new staff member, to ensure you have met your duty of care and any WHS responsibilities.
As the student progresses, they must complete the module (a group of subjects, much like a semester) and all the associated requirements before they can move onto the next module. In the rare case a student is very behind in their course, new vocational placement agreements may need to be put in place to ensure we are all compliant with legislation. In even rarer cases, students failing to progress in line with the training plan may be withdrawn from the course or prevented from attending placement until they meet course requirements.
The Vocational Placement agreement is an agreement that all parties will follow the structure – including the student.
MANDATORY SUBJECTS PRIOR TO INTENSIVE PLACEMENT
The following Intensive Placements also have mandatory pre-requisite study. It has been shown that undertaking the pre-reading and activities prior to attending clinical placement leads to better learning outcomes for the student, so we enforce these requirements very strictly. It also reduces teaching time for the mentor, as the student has the underlying theory.
Intensive Placement 1 (Reception & Product Advice)
This first placement is about cementing skills out the front of the Veterinary Clinic. We recommend it is completed at the end, or towards the end, of the Module 2 folder, after the associated subjects are complete.
Intensive Placement 2 (Surgery)
This placement is all about mastering surgical nursing skills, excluding anaesthesia. The student must complete Surgical Nursing A and Infection Control subjects prior to completing.
Intensive Placement 3 (Ward Nursing)
This placement must be undertaken at a different clinic to vocational placement to ensure students are being exposed to a different case load and clinic protocols. This occurs at the end of Module 3.
Intensive Placement 4 (Anaesthesia)
Anaesthesia is a large part of veterinary nursing and one of the hardest aspects of nursing to master. This intensive cannot be completed until after the student has passed Anaesthesia in module 4. Throughout this placement, students are required to remain involved with the monitoring of anaesthesia patients all day.