Course code DYR205

DYR205 Internal clinical practice 1

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Course responsible: Anette Tøgard Bjerke
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring semester.
Course frequency: Yearly, 13 weeks every spring.
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Preferential right:
Course contents:

13 weeks


Semester: 2

The students rotate their clinical practice between different clinics and institutes at NMBU throughout the period, according to an agreed plan. The different places of practice and their distribution within the two internal practice periods (year 1 and 3) are chosen in order to secure the students varied practical experience, and in order to lay the foundations for the two subsequent clinical practice periods. 

Learning outcome:

On completing their practice students are expected to:

  • know the responsibilities of the front desk
  • be able to assist veterinarians during examination and treatment of patients, before and after operations
  • be able to assist in the treatment of minor illnesses and trauma, to take blood samples and perform simple laboratory tasks-nurse and care for stabled patients
  • establish and observe good hygiene in the clinic-instruct/guide custumers with regard to normal feeding practices and behavior in dogs and cats
  • be able to handle horses and to know about their care and feeding
  • be able to make x-ray images of small animals and to be familiar with health and safety regulations concerning radiation
Learning activities:

Compulsory learning goals (during the practice period) and journaling them. 

The complete textbook of veterinary nursing or Clinical textbook of veterinary nursing, as well as recommended literature in general.

The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, and other recommended literature.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Compulsory classes and prerequisites:

Clinical practice is compulsory and 100% attendance is required to have the practice approved. Unapproved absence and misbehaviour is not allowed in the clinic.

Students have three days of self attested sick leave at their disposal, which may also be used for funerals in the immediate family. However, a period of 14 days' attendance is required between each day of leave. Any absence beyond these three days must be attested by a physician and a medical certificate handed in to the study departement. A copy of the certificate must be handed in to the person in charge of organizing the clinical practice. If it exeeds 20% per rotation, this absence must be made up for later. To what degree is up to the discretion of the those in charge of the block. Students must make up for all unapproved absence in its entirety. No dispensation is given for medical reasons. All absence must be reported to the clinic in question, or, when this is not possible, to the person in charge of organizing the clinical practice. See also the rules of the regulation.

Students who have not passed their first clinical practice period are not allowed to proceed with their second year of studies, until they've made up for all absence and have been passed.

It is the responsibility of the students themselves to report their absence in time that a new opportunity may be organized for them before the beginning of the following semester.

During their clinical practice the students are to document their progress in a prearranged list of skills. Electronic copies of this list are to be submitted at certain points during clinical practice. Each skill must be attested by clinic staff in order to be approved. In principle all skills must be mastered, but some discretion may be applied in evaluating them. The students are themselves responsible for bringing in their lists, having the individual skills attested and submitting their lists at the required times.Each clinic is to evaluate the students and record their attendance by filling in a Dublin-form. If students are given a "1" on any of the points of the form, they will be called in for a conversation. If students are given a "1" on three or more points of the form, they will not pass the rotation, and are required to redo the nescessary work. The students are themselves responsible for having the Dublin-form completed by the clinic, and are required to sign it. The forms are to be submitted electronically at the latest on the monday following a completed week of clinical practice.

Journals and evaluative notes must be submitted at certain intervals, and must be approved before the students are allowed to pass their clinical practice.


All clinical practice is compulsory and may entail compulsory night shifts, evening shifts and weekend shifts at the horse clinic and small animal clinic. All unapproved absence from the internal clinical practice must be made up for by end of term in order to pass. Shifts are compulsory also on holidays. If reported to the studies administration within five work days a documented absence of up to 20% may be approved. A copy of the relevant documentation must also be submitted to the coordinator of clinical practice within the same deadline. See the specific rules for absence.

The absence must be reported immediately to the clinic or coordinator in question. See the regulations and routines for approval of cilical practice. Each week of clinical practice must be passed.

In addition to required presence, journals and other hand-ins must be submitted at given deadlines, and passed.Students who have not passed their first clinical practice period are not allowed to proceed to year 2 until all absence is made up for and the practice passed.

It is the resonsibility of the student to contact the coordinator of clinical practice early enough that arrangements may be made for the student to make up for lost work before the beginning of term. 

Reduction of credits:

Equipment Requirements

Work clothes according to current regulations, name tag, scissors, stationery and clock with a second hand is necessary. Stethoscopes is an advantage. Shoes with a protective tip is required in farm animal practice. There are also guidelines for workwear in the the horse clinic.

Examination details: Praksis og obligatorisk aktivitet: Bestått / Ikke bestått