Course code DYR207

DYR207 External Clinical Practice

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Course responsible: Anette Tøgard Bjerke
Teachers: Anne Elisabeth Torgersen
ECTS credits: 35
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

Semester: 3-4

23 weeks, 35 ECTS 

Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Clinical practice at approved external small animal clinics.

A maximum of 5 weeks may, according to agreement, be spent at a private horse clinic.An exchange of up to eight weeks may be arranged during the clinical practice period.

Learning outcome:
Provides the student with practical knowledge and real world experience of the running of a clinic and the medical treatment of animals. The main focus of the practice should be on operations and radiography, in addition to test taking, insertion of venous catheters and good hygiene.Students should take part in all areas of work at the clinic, so as to develop good practices.
Learning activities:
Practical teaching in the clinic.Specific learning goals are listed in Canvas.

Specific learning goals to be achieved during practice.

The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing or Clinical Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, as well as recommended literature.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Compulsory tuition and external practice /student exchange

Students who have not completed their learning goals to satisfaction during their previous practice period at NMBU may be required to complete their external practice at NMBU as well. Provisions are made for an eight week student exchange if deemed appropriate.

Compulsory tuition and requirements:Clincical pactice is compulsory and 100% attendance is required. 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 are evaluated during their clinical practice according to current evaluation methods. Students may be required to submit an expanded journal during clinical practice, and are expected to submit journals and other evaluation documents in accordance with information provided in Canvas.

Student progression is continuously evaluated through a written list of skills, which the students themselves bring with them to the clinic. A copy is to be submitted to the practice coordinator at given intervals in order to document progression. The original lists are to be signed and submitted to the practice coordinator at the end of clinical practice. Journals and other required documents are to be submitted at certain deadlines.

ALL absence from external practice must be made up for during the summer in order to qualify for year 3. Shifts are compulsory also on weekends and holidays.


All practice is compulsory.

See separate rules regarding absence.

Students must have their progression approved according to the list of skills. Journals, reflection forms and practice evaluations must also be approved. Detailed information about deadlines and requirements is provided in Canvas.

If journals and reflection notes are not approved, students are given the opportunity to revise them and submit them for a second evaluation. Only when they are approved, may the student sit for the OSCE exam.  

Students must have passed all Dublin forms in order to have their clinical practice approved.

Student satisfaction is evaluated twice during the external practice period, through Questback or equivalent.

OSCE exam: Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Exams are held over two days.OSCE is a practical examination composed of eight stations. All students are given the same exam.

Allowed aids: Whatever is placed before the student. Students may ask for additional equipment, which may be provided on a case to case basis.

Duration of examnination: Ca. 85 min.

Grading: Pass/fail

Reduction of credits:



Workwear according to current regulations, as agreed with the external clinic in question. Name plate with full name and "veterinary nursing student". Bandage scissors. Nurse watch with seconds hand. Thermometer. Notepad and pencil. Stethoscope is recommended, but not required.
Examination details: OSCE, obligatorisk aktivitet og praksis: Bestått / Ikke bestått