Horses 1

Subject VETS30007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: 35 hours of lectures and up to 27 practical/tutorial hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 88 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement

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Subject Overview:

Topics covered include assessment and management of horses with lameness, diarrhoea, colic, respiratory problems, common injuries, metabolic diseases, hernias and horses requiring castration.


Students completing Horses 1 should:

  • have a sound knowledge of common equine musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases
  • be able to conduct a thorough and logical clinical investigation of the musculo-skeletal, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract of a horse
  • arrive at a reasonable diagnosis and provide adequate treatment for the problem encountered
  • know how to castrate a horse competently
  • be able to implement common disease prevention strategies
  • develop skills in analysing case histories

One 2-hour written examination at the end of semester (70%). One written case reports (10%) and assessment during the equine rotation (20%). Students are required to pass each individual component of assessment.

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

After satisfactory completion of Horses 1 and Horses 2 students should have developed:

  • cognitive, analytic and problem solving skills, involving independent thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning;

  • professional and technical skills; and

  • respect for intellectual integrity and professional ethics.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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