Veterinary Science

What you need to do

This preparation checklist for Veterinary Science placements covers the base requirements for MOST (but not all) host facilities.

As a JCU professional experience student it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Placements Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities.

The following guidelines and checklist can be printed in hard copy or to PDF.

JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

As a JCU professional experience placement student you are required to read the Professional Experience Placement Procedures for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The document contains vital information for all students  of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University in relation to professional experience placement. The document also contains important information about the principles underpinning the administration of student placement.

You are also required to read the Procedure for Infectious Disease for students within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. This document guides students and the patients or clients they encounter regarding duty of care and minimising the risk of spreading or contracting vaccination-preventable infectious or blood-borne diseases.

After reading these documents you must sign the Student Declaration, which confirms you have read and understood the contents of both procedures, and return the signed document to the Professional Placement Unit.

First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

First Aid and CPR training must be completed prior to commencing your first professional experience placement, or by week 12 of the first teaching period, whichever comes first.

A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be supplied to the Professional Placement Unit.

Please use a recognised Australian training provider and note that it can take up to 6 weeks to receive certificates. Course costs must be borne by you, the student.

First Aid certificates are valid for 3 years, while CPR certificates are valid for 12 months only.

Online courses and certificates that do not meet the Australian standards and/or do not include a face-to-face training requirement will NOT be accepted.

Tetanus Immunisation

Your must obtain tetanus vaccination before the first day of classes, or produce documentation which confirms up-to-date tetanus immunisation status.

Please provide a copy of your proof of immunisation to the Professional Placement Unit.

Acceptable proof of vaccination can be demonstrated by:

  • Obtaining a certificate from your General Practitioner or the immunisation register to verify current tetanus immunisation status, or
  • Being vaccinated for tetanus and providing proof in the form of a letter or certificate.

You must provide proof of tetanus vaccination to be allowed to participate in animal handling practical classes and to attend placement.

Vaccinations and further advice on immunisation are available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1 Clinical Practice Building, James Cook University, Townsville or your General Practitioner.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

Q Fever Immunisation

You must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of your studies. If you are not immune to Q fever you will not be permitted onsite at some facilities and, consequently, this may result in your inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. Students who have not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies will have their enrolment terminated.

Please provide a copy of your proof of immunisation to the Professional Placement Unit.

Acceptable proof of vaccination can be demonstrated by:

  • Obtaining a certificate from your General Practitioner or the immunisation register to verify current Q Fever immunity status, or
  • Being vaccinated for Q Fever and providing proof in the form of a letter or certificate.

Vaccinations and further advice on immunisation are available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1 Clinical Practice Building, James Cook University, Townsville or your General Practitioner.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

JCU Health Record and Immunisation

It is a JCU requirement that ALL professional placement students have their General Practitioner complete sections of the JCU Health Record and Immunisation Form:

Section 1 - Fit for Purpose ALL students to complete
Section 2 - Q Fever and Tetanus Immunisation For Bachelor of Veterinary Science students only
Section 3 - Exposure Prone Procedures

For first year students studying the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Health Science (Physician's Assistant), Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery and Postgraduate Midwifery.

Students studying the Bachelor of Dental Surgery should complete this form at the commencement of each year they are enrolled in the course.

Section 4 - Hepatitis B Immunisation Record ALL students, except Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences
Section 5 - Non-Responder to Hepatitis B Vaccine For students who are NOT immune to Hepatitis B

Your Summary Checklist

Requirement Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
JCU Placement Procedure and Infectious Disease Policy

First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

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Tetanus Immunisation

   
Q Fever Immunisation

   
JCU Health Record and Immunisation Form

   
Check with the Professional Placement Unit for any additional placement requirements