Poultry Path & Diagnosis of Diseases

Subject 250-501 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 250-500- Poultry Industry Fieldwork
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Trevor John Bagust


Postgraduate Coordinator

Faculty of Veterinary Science

University of Melbourne

Victoria 3010 Australia

+61 3 8344 0357

Subject Overview:

Competency in gross pathology is a core skill for the avian practitioner. This Unit will look at the diseases affecting chickens, turkeys and ducks, the clinical signs and lesions seen with these diseases, how to construct differential diagnosis lists and what samples are most appropriate to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.

Poultry pathology and diseases are covered by body systems in a series of image rich lectures. An online database of infectious and non-infectious poultry diseases PathMan™ (the Pathology Manual) is the main text for this Unit. You will apply what you have learnt throughout this subject by working through exercises and computer assisted case studies. A case of the week, relevant to the body system being studies is presented for discussion by the tutor.

Objectives: This subject is designed to give candidates a good knowledge of the normal avian anatomical and functional features, particularly in reference to avian immunity, together with a sound appreciation of the pathology of each of the major disease (infectious and non-infectious) conditions of poultry.

Assessment is carried out at the end of each month. Student progress is monitored through class exercises and case studies. The final examination is held in week 16 and is a three-hour written and online exam. You will be required to identify a University near you where you can be supervised when sitting the exam.

Monthly assessment tests (30%)

Assignments (20%)

Group Reports and Bulletin Board Contributions (20%)

Final Examination (30%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.avianhealthonline.vet.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health

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