Small Ruminants 1

Subject VETS30009 (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: 25 hours of lectures and up to 10 practical/tutorial hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 63 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

and information about Students Experiencing Disability


Dr Angus Campbell


Subject Overview:

Topics covered include diseases, preventive medicine and production of sheep and sheep flocks; clinical examination; infectious, metabolic, nutritional, reproductive and parasitic diseases; and diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • design a prevention program for diseases and production limiting conditions that commonly affect sheep;
  • suggest a list of differential diagnoses, in descending order of probability, from the history, epidemiology, clinical signs and/or lesions observed in individual sheep or in sheep flocks;
  • submit appropriate samples for laboratory testing and interpret the test results for diseases and production limiting conditions that affect sheep;
  • ascertain if the welfare of sheep is compromised;
  • develop a disease control program that includes a realistic prognosis, treatment advice, consideration of chemical residues, and for commercial flocks an economic appraisal of the program;
  • demonstrate competence in the analysis of farm financial performance and of animal health and production records;
  • develop skills in report writing; and develop skills in verbal presentations.

One 2-hour end of semester written examination (90%) and satisfactory performance during the small ruminant component of the ruminant rotation. Satisfactory performance in tutorials (10%)

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 completing the subjects Small Ruminants 1 and Small Ruminants 2 students should have developed:

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

  • professional and technical skills;

  • respect for intellectual integrity and professional ethics.

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

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