The Student Programs Officer is based within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) located at the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus. Working with the Academic Support Coordinator, the Student Programs Officer is primarily responsible for the coordination of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements for students in the first two years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, where extramural placements are a compulsory part of subject completion. The position works closely with the Academic Support Coordinators within the Faculty Academic Support Office, FVAS students, external stakeholders and other academic and professional staff.
The role requires regular interaction with managers of rural properties, welfare shelters, zoos, wildlife parks, kennels, catteries and a range of other animal-based industries. This includes some travel to visit enterprises, as well as engagement with a range of industry bodies, e.g. Victorian Farmers Federation. The position is an important public facing engagement role for the faculty.