Subject VETS30006 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Year Long, - 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: 20 hours. Practicals: 9 hours
Total Time Commitment:

50 hours.


Successful completion of all subjects in Year 2 of Bachelor of Veterinary Science course.


Students must also enrol in the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Years 1 and 2 (Semesters 1-4) of the BVSc course

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement http://www.vet.unimelb.edu.au/docs/CoreParticipationReqs.pdf


Dr John Larsen


Dr. John Larsen


Subject Overview:

Topics include clinical signs, diagnosis, pathogenesis, and epizootiology of diseases in individual pigs as well as affected swine herds; and swine management, nutrition and preventive medicine.


At the end of this subject students should:

  • be aware of the management and welfare issues associated with the keeping of pigs;
  • be aware of the variety of diseases affecting pigs;
  • understand the factors influencing outbreaks of disease in herds and/or individual animals; be able to suggest a probable diagnosis/differential diagnosis from the history, epidemiology, clinical signs and gross post-mortem lesions;
  • be able to recommend appropriate ancillary tests to facilitate a definitive diagnosis and prognosis; be able to specify appropriate therapy or other course of action for affected herds and/or individual animals;
  • be able to recommend appropriate measures for disease control and/or prevention;
  • know the statutory regulations applicable to the husbandry, welfare, disease control and use of therapeutic substances/vaccines in these animals;
  • be aware of the major factors affecting the productivity and profitability of pig farms;
  • be aware of new issues facing the pig industry locally, nationally and internationally that are likely to affect the way pigs are produced in Australia.
  • One group presentation before the Semester 2 intra-semester break (5%)
  • One 1-hour written paper after the Semester 2 intra-semester break (30%)
  • One 1-hour written paper at the end of Semester 2 (50%)
  • One 15-minute oral examination at the end of Semester 2 intra-semester break (15%)
    Students are required to pass on aggregate mark
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students completing this subject should have:

  • 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
Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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