Veterinary Science

What you need to do

As a JCU professional health student, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements (PPRs) are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Experience Placement Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities. Please ensure you have read the guide to submitting PPRs.

View the 2021 Placement Calendar.

View the Veterinary Placement Checklist.

Pre-placement enquiries: Please contact the Professional Experience Placement Unit. All other enquiries to

Website: College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Important update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

JCU is following the advice of the Queensland Government with respect to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  JCU clinical staff and students who are required to attend placements in healthcare settings are eligible to receive vaccination under phase 1A (some staff) or 1B (remaining clinical staff and all health professional students on placement)  of the COVID vaccine rollout. As a result, some students may have already commenced or completed, their vaccination.  Information about the rollout is available here: Queensland COVID-19-Vaccine Rollout

JCU health students and staff should note the Special Broadcast (below) that was circulated to all Queensland Health staff on 8 April following the announcement by the Prime Minister that Australia has changed its position in relation to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Federal government has secured further stock of the Pfizer vaccine and this will become more widely available over the next months. A helpful explanation about the decision making that led to the change regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine is available at

Healthcare workers, including students undertaking clinical placements, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

QLD Health COVID-19 and Clinical Placements

In line with the Federal and State government position, JCU is not mandating that any staff or students receive the COVID-19 vaccine, nor is the University collecting any data on whether staff or students have been vaccinated. Vaccination information is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Registry (AIR) and individuals can access their immunisation data

QLD Health Special Broadcast

Students and staff should be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is clearly an evolving situation, and information and advice will be updated.

It is a JCU requirement that ALL professional placement students have a doctor complete the JCU Health Record and Immunisation form. The doctor cannot be related.

Once complete, please email a copy of the form and any serology results if available to the Professional Experience Placement Unit

Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, or your doctor.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

Please read the below-listed JCU and DTHM placement procedures, and complete and sign

the Student Declaration to confirm that you have read and understood them.

The below documents contains vital information for all students of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM) about the responsibilities of both students and the University concerning professional experience placement.

DTHM Professional Experience Placement Procedures

DTHM Procedure for Infectious Disease

JCU Social Media Policy

JCU Student Conduct Policy

JCU Professional Experience Placement Requirements Procedure

JCU Review of a Student's Suitability to continue a Course involving Placement

JCU WHS - PRO-023 Infection Control Procedure

Once you have completed and signed the above-linked Student Declaration, please email it to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

You must complete and sign the JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement every year.

In signing the Acknowledgement, you – the student – acknowledge that you have been instructed in the concept of patient, client and business confidentiality, and will respect clients’ confidentiality at all times, including during tutorials, lectures and discussions, both professional and private.

Download, complete, sign and email the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

Students are required to complete an Australian Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR training course.

Please make an appointment with a registered training organisation that offers the following course codes -

First Aid - Provide First Aid HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 (includes CPR component) -  First Aid valid for 3 years.

CPR renewal - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 - CPR valid for 1  year.

First Aid and CPR certificates from Queensland Health facilities (Non-Accredited Training Provider) and online courses are not accepted. Students must attend the training course in person. First Aid and CPR Certificates provided by Non-Accredited Training Providers will not be accepted.

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

If you are a registered Health Practitioner (e.g. Registered Nurse/Pharmacist), you are exempt from submitting First Aid. However, you are required to submit a valid CPR certificate from a registered training organisation annually.

It is the student's responsibility to meet the costs of an Accredited First Aid and CPR course.

As this is a new requirement all Veterinary Science students must complete the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Training in 2020. This is a once-off requirement.

Please provide a copy of your completion certificate via email to

First Year Veterinary Science students must complete the following modules in Learn JCU, once logged in select Organisations located on the left-hand side menu to access the below modules.

Introduction Module – Work Health and Safety all students

Module 1 First-Year students – Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control process.

Screenshot the assessment completion result (must include, name, course and result) for each quiz and send it through to the Professional Experience Placement Unit

Retain copies for your professional portfolio.