Companion Animal Biology and Management

Subject 208-242 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of practical/project work and 24 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 202-103 Biology for Land and Food Resources or 600-141 Biology of Cells and Organisms.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Ian Bland and Jill Shaw
Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject students should be aware of the particular management requirements of the major vertebrate companion animals species. In particular students should:

  • know the key anatomical and physiological features of the major vertebrate companion animal species;

  • understand how these affect housing and nutritional requirements;

  • appreciate the importance of the environment in the management of companion animals;

  • understand the genetics and reproduction of these animals and the consequences of breeding strategies, including hereditary conditions;

  • understand the health requirements of companion animals, including preventative care and zoonoses;

  • know the behavioural characteristics of companion animals and how these relate to behavioural problems, training and welfare; and

  • be able to solve problems related to the management of companion ¬≠animals.

Assessment: Two-hour written examination (50%), two written assignments totalling 6000 words (total 40%), one seminar presentation equivalent to 1500 words (10%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • Animal Sciences: the biology, care and production of domestic animals (J R Campbell, M D Kenealy and K L Campbell), McGraw-Hill, London, 2002
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available


This subject involves the use of animals. Students should be aware that this is an essential part of the subject and exemption from this component is not possible.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Animal Science and Management

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