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 2022 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


Students are now classified as healthcare workers and can follow the same directives as healthcare staff. Employees and volunteers engaged directly by a healthcare facility, and students on an educational placement, are not considered visitors and should follow the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers.

The following applies to students while on placement within public and private hospitals, Multi-purpose Health services, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services, and corrective service facilities in Queensland:

Students who have tested positive for COVID19 (RAT/PCR):

  • The day of the positive test result is Day 0
  • Isolate for a minimum of 7 full days after a positive test (7 full days is 7 x 24-hour periods)
  • May return to placement on Day 8 provided you are asymptomatic
  • There is no need to retest for COVID-19.

Students who are close contacts:

  • can continue placement providing they test negative for COVID-19 and have no symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Must advise the Healthcare facility and wear appropriate personal protective equipment including N95 masks in clinical buildings if advised to do so.
  • Must comply with the vaccination requirements that apply to the person as an employee at the health care facility
  • Must return a negative COVID-19 test result before their first shift and on days 2, 4, and 6 during the 7-day period after becoming a close contact. The day of last exposure to the COVID-positive person is Day 0.
  • This requirement applies for the 14-day period after you are identified as a close contact.
  • Returning close contacts must also have breaks on their own or outside

Mask Fit Testing

  • All students must continue to have a current mask fit test compliance card/certificate to attend placement in all Hospitals. Mask Fit Testing is required to be renewed annually.  Please contact the Placement Unit (Townsville: 47814697 or Cairns: 42321065) if you need further information.
  • Students must be clean shave to wear N95s

Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction (No. 3) Effective from 15th July 2022

Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4) Effective from 12/3/2022

Undergraduate Students

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.

International Students must have their vaccination records translated into English and complete all forms in English.

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.

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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.

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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

Students commencing first year in 2022

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.

All students in Year 2 2022 - further information to come

Applications for round one have closed. The second round open from 1st September to 30th September 2022

(WIL)/ Placement Bursary Flyer

(WIL)/ Placement Scholarship Flyer

Applications for this round will close on Friday 29 April - CLOSED

The second round will open on 1 Sept 2022, closing 30 Sept 2022.


Going rural funding
Going Rural is a placement support program for nursing, midwifery and allied health students currently disadvantaged by financial placement constraints. Health Workforce Queensland can provide you with travel and accommodation assistance up to $1000 per rural or remote placement.

going rural poster.