Subject VETS30020 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
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: 69 hours. Practicals: 39 hours.
Total Time Commitment: 170 hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all subjects in Year 2 of Bachelor of Veterinary Science course
Corequisites: Students must 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: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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


Dr Sally Church


Subject Overview:


  • Examination, diagnosis and treatment of horses with:
    - lameness, including foals with limb abnormalities;
    - respiratory diseases;
    - gastrointestinal diseases;
    - injury management;
    - metabolic problems;
    - neurological diseases;
    - cardiovascular diseases;
    - urinary tract diseases,;
    - ocular diseases;
    - dermatological disorders;
    - reproductive disorders;
    - generalised problems.
  • Special considerations for foals and heavy breeds.
  • Exotic and recently introduced equine diseases and their associated risk factors.
  • Routine procedures used to optimise Thoroughbred stud reproductive performance.
  • Equine castration.

Students completing Horses should have a sound knowledge of:

  • the common equine diseases and diagnostic procedures;
  • how to conduct a thorough and logical clinical investigation, based on the presenting sign(s), interpret the findings and arrive at a reasonable diagnosis;
  • how to provide adequate treatment for all problems commonly encountered in equines;
  • how to castrate a horse competently;
  • how to implement all common disease prevention strategies;
  • exotic and recently introduced equine infectious diseases and how to deal with a suspected case of same;
  • how to complete an appropriate pre-purchase or insurance examination and certificate; and
  • how to discuss cases with colleagues using precise and concise veterinary nomenclature
  • One 2-hour written paper at the end of Semester 1 (45%)
  • Equine practical examination before the intra-semester break (10%)
  • One 2-hour written paper at the end of Semester 2 (45%)
    Students are required to pass the written papers on aggregate mark and the practical examination per se
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
Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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