Foundations of Animal Health 1

Subject VETS20014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, 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: 72 hours
Total Time Commitment:

An estimated total time commitment of 120 hours


To enrol in this subject, undergraduate students must have completed:

Either BOTH of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 2


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

PLUS Biology:
Either BOTH of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

OR, BOTH of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

PLUS Physics:
A 12.5 point Level 1 Physics subject
VCE Physics Units 3/4, or equivalent


ONE of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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


Prof Andrew Fisher



Subject Overview:

Foundations of Animal Health1 introduces students to the major determinants of health in domestic animals. Using case studies drawing on a range of domestic and exotic animals species and both Australian and international contexts, the role of housing, welfare, nutrition and control of infectious agents of disease in maintenance of health of animals will be investigated. Students should develop an understanding of management systems appropriate for optimising health and welfare of domestic animal populations, and an appreciation of legislative issues that govern the housing and care of animals in Australia.


Students successfully completing this course should develop a broad appreciation of the determinants of health in populations of animals, and the role of management practices in optimising the health of animal populations.

  • A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • Four intra-semester tests of approximately 30 minutes duration (30%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Reading list prepared by the Subject Co-ordinator.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
  • understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
  • be able to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Health and Disease
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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