Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Subject VETS30025 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures: 42 hours. Practicals: 9 hours.
Total Time Commitment: 90 hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all subjects in Year 2 of Bachelor of Veterinary Science course.
Corequisites: Students must enrol in the following subject:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: Years 1 and 2 (Semesters 1-4) of the BVSc course
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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


Assoc Prof Andrew Vizard


Subject Overview:

This subject covers:

  • Veterinary epidemiology.
  • Economics and decision making.
  • Introduction to diagnostic methods.
  • Statistics and systems analysis.
  • Animal breeding and genetic improvement.
  • Permanent identification of dogs, cats and horses (microchips).
  • Principles of:
    - Endoscopy;
    - Surgery in diagnosis;
    - Wound closure techniques;
    - Radiography; and
    - Ultrasonography.

Students completing this subject should:

  • understand the concepts of epidemiology;
  • be aware of factors which influence patterns of disease;
  • be familiar with the techniques of data acquisition and analysis and the uses and limitations of statistical information;
  • be able to undertake epidemiological investigations of animal disease outbreaks;
  • be able to provide economic reasoning in decision making when dealing with animal production systems;
  • be able to design a simple breeding program for animals;
  • understand the principles of selection for genetic improvement in various animal production systems;
  • be able to advise on the use of reproductive technologies to improve the rate of genetic gain;
  • further develop computer skills and skills in integrating material from previous subjects;
  • understand the principles and practical approach to microchipping dogs, cats and horses;
  • understand the principles and applications of endoscopy, surgery as a diagnostic tool, radiography and ultrasonography; and
  • consolidate their knowledge of veterinary public health, especially as it relates to food production systems and to zoonotic diseases and emerging diseases.
  • One 1-hour written paper at the end of Semester 1 (45%)
  • One 1-hour written paper after Semester 2 intra-semester break (45%)
  • Assessment of practical exercises (10%) during semesters

Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate marks

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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