Animal Management and Veterinary Health

Subject VETS70013 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, 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
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


VETS20014 Foundations of Animal Health 1 and VETS20015 Foundations of Animal Health 2

and ONE OF the following two subjects:

BCMB20002 Biochemistry and molecular Biology

BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine.

Prerequisites may not be taken concurrently.

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

Corequisites MUST be taken in the same study period.

Students must enrol in ONE of the following subjects (as advised by the Faculty of Veterinary Science):

VETS70003 Veterinary Bioscience 1


VETS70012 Principles of Veterinary Bioscience 1

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

This course assumes prior knowledge in one or more disciplines of science. All students will be expected to be familiar with the principles of scientific thinking, hypothesis development, experimental design and data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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


Dr Stuart Barber


Dr Stuart Barber

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the major animal production systems in Australia, with a particular focus on the impact of management practices on the health and welfare of animal populations. Students will develop and appreciation of the economic drivers of these industries, measures of productivity utilised within these industries, and the role of the veterinary profession in ensuring the health and well being of animals.


This subject aims to equip students with a sound understanding of animal management practices in the major animal industries in which veterinarians are employed, and an understanding of the impact management practices on the health and well being of animals.


• One 2-hour examination at the end of semester 2 (60%)
• Three intra-semester tests of less than one hour's duration (8.33% each; total = 25%)
• Satisfactory completion of two weeks of industry based placement in a rural enterprise, or two weeks of placement in an animal shelter of zoo (hurdle requirement). Written report for each week of industry placement that demonstrates capacity to integrate concepts introduced in different units within the course and apply an understanding of determinants of health to the context of a specific industry. (15%)

Prescribed Texts: None
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 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

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