Cattle 2

Subject VETS40003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 4 (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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 30 lecture hours and up to 20 practical/tutorial hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 73 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
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.


Assoc Prof Peter Mansell


Subject Overview:

This subject continues to examine diseases and production management of cattle. Topics include clinical examination, infectious, metabolic, nutritional and parasitic diseases; diagnosis, treatment and prevention; and herd management and economics.


Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • collect a history and epidemiological information of relevance to an individual or herd case; and perform a thorough clinical examination; suggest a reasonable diagnosis and differential diagnoses from the history, epidemiology, clinical signs and lesions observed in an individual cow, calf or bull, or a herd of cattle;
  • recommend appropriate ancillary laboratory tests, submit a detailed request for a laboratory examination, and interpret the results of any tests or laboratory reports;
  • ascertain if the welfare of a cow or herd is being compromised;
  • specify appropriate therapy or other course of action;
  • provide the owner with a prognosis;
  • advise the owner of the appropriate withholding periods for milk or of the animal from slaughter when antibiotics, drugs or chemicals are administered or applied;
  • explain to the owner the economic costs of the disease;
  • recommend measures to control a disease in a herd or other population;
  • recommend measures to prevent a disease from occurring;
  • prepare a written report for the owner or attendant, or a referring veterinarian;
  • demonstrate competence in the analysis of records of production, health and reproductive performance of cattle herds;
  • present clinical case material in a professional manner.

One 2-hour end of semester written examination (90%) and assessment during the cattle component of the ruminant rotation (10%). Students are required to pass each individual component of assessment.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

At the end of the sequence Cattle 1 and Cattle 2 students completing these subjects should have:

  • skills in collecting information from various sources;

  • skills in collating information and interpreting it with reference to scientific literature; and

  • developed professional behaviour and communication skills.

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