Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.
|Year and Campus:||2009|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010, Australia
Tel: +61 3 8344 0357
Avian Health Online is an interactive web based learning environment designed by the University of Melbourne for veterinarians to further their understanding in poultry health and management and enable them to better function in today's global poultry industry.
Currently, two postgraduate courses are offered on Avian Health Online; a Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health and a Master of Avian Health and Medicine. Both are offered on a part-time basis to allow students to study while still continuing to work. Both courses will be suitable for veterinarians currently working in the poultry industry, and for those who are seeking to enter the industry and want to develop a sound foundation of professional competencies. For those without prior industry experience, the University of Melbourne will assist you in developing a mentorship program with an experienced poultry veterinarian close to you. This will build up your practical poultry experience and hands-on skills. The course coordinator will discuss with you how to set up the mentorship program before the commencement of your studies so that the arrangement is in place while you are studying your first Unit: Poultry Industry Fieldwork.
The Masters of Avian Health and Medicine consists of four subjects. It is a continuation of studies, building on what has already been learnt in the Postgraduate Certificate.
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The Masters program is a continuation of studies, building on what has already been learnt in the Postgraduate Certificate. The program will assist students to develop a working knowledge of the use and applications of pathology; serology and microbiology in avian health; product quality, public health and international trade; financial analysis in decision making for poultry production systems; and critical reading and preparation skills for scientific papers. A 10,000 word dissertation will be produced by the student as part of their studies on a topic in poultry health/management/production that is of interest to them and relevant to their current or future employment.
Each Unit has the basic structure of 1 preparatory week, 14 lecture weeks and an examination week, much like a typical face to face university subject. Students will be expected to be able to set aside approximately 15 hours per week for personal study/reading, assignments and participation in online activities.
For descriptions of Unit 1 and Unit 2, please see the entry for the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health (course V01-AV). Units 3 to 6 are described below.
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Unit 3 and Unit 4
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Unit 5 and Unit 6
Unit 5: Avian Production and Financial Analysis
Cost of Welfare e.g. alternative systems versus cage layer systems.
Production costs versus retail selling prices.
Develop the skills needed to analyse the financial implications of veterinary decisions in relation to production scenarios and evaluate the economics of implementing disease preventative measures versus the cost of a disease in a flock.
Gain communication experience through group simulation in the 'selling' of disease prevention and health management programs to management.
Unit 6: Research Project Literature Dissertation
Acquire techniques and analytical abilities to enable preparation of a valid scientific research dissertation on a poultry health or production issue of your choice.
Develop the ability to critically read and review scientific literature.
Enhance personal communication and presentation skills.
Prepare effective presentations for varying types of audiences.
|Core Participation Requirements:||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' awareness of the economic, environmental, political, social and welfare factors behind the major poultry health, poultry production, public health, animal welfare and international trade issues will be extended through these courses, as will their ability to understand how these issues affect their own work environment.
|Links to further information:||http://www.avianhealthonline.vet.unimelb.edu.au|
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