Principles of Production Animal Health 2

Subject VETS20018 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures per week, 2 hours of workshops/case studies/practicals every second week, a mid-semester exam. A one-day residential intensive at Dookie campus (approximately 8 hours) held during the mid-semester break. Online assessment tasks (done in student's own time) totalling approximately 4 hours. Total 58 contact hours.
Total Time Commitment:

162 hours

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Jane Owens



Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the knowledge and skills developed in VETS20017 Principles of Production Animal Health 1. In this subject, students will further develop their understanding of the major factors influencing the health of production animals. Students will learn more details about specific pathogens that can infect the major production animal species in Australia The principles of public health, with particular reference to zoonotic diseases of concern in production animal systems, will also be introduced. Students can then integrate this knowledge with their previous knowledge from VETS20017 Principles of Production Animal Health 1 to explain in more depth how management factors can influence the development of disease in production animals, and how the type of production system can alter the risk of disease.

This subject includes a one-day residential at the Dookie campus which will occur during the mid-semester break.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the different factors that can cause disease in all production animals
  • Understand the multi-factorial nature of disease
  • Describe the major infectious diseases of concern in the major production animal species in Australia
  • Develop practical skills in parasitology, specifically faecal egg counts for sheep
  • Understand the basic principles of veterinary public health and how it relates to production animal systems
  • List the major diseases of zoonotic concern in production animal systems and describe how the risk to humans can be managed
  • Understand how management practices contribute to the risk of disease and to optimising the health of production animals
  • Understand the basic principles of epidemiology and population health
  • Be able to assess the overall health status of production animals
  • Short assessments based on case studies/workshops/practicals to be submitted online due during the semester worth 15%
  • A one-hour written examination to be held mid-semester worth 30%
  • A two-hour written examination to be held in the end-of-semester exam period worth 50%
  • Attendance and participation at the one-day Dookie intensive worth 5%

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should develop generic skills in:

  • Working effectively in small groups
  • Problem solving
  • Critical assessment and assimilation of new knowledge in order to apply their skills to solve problems in a ‘real-world’ context
  • Accessing information and discerning the quality and relevance of that information

The one-day residential at the Dookie campus will incur additional costs of approximately $80 (transport and accommodation). Further details can be viewed at Dookie Intensives

Students will also require the personal protective equipment previously purchased for VETS10025. The cost of that equipment is approximately $180 (indicative cost only and subject to change).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agricultural Economics
Plant and Soil Science
Production Animal Health

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