Small Ruminants

Subject VETS30022 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures: 53 hours. Practicals: 15 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

110 hours (minimum)


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

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

Students should be familiar with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement



Subject Overview:


  • Diseases, preventive medicine and production of small ruminants (sheep, goats, deer and camelids), including infectious, metabolic, nutritional, reproductive and parasitic diseases;
  • Clinical examination of individual small ruminants and small ruminant flocks/herds;


Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • ascertain if the welfare of sheep, goats, deer or camelids is compromised;
  • suggest a list of differential diagnoses, in descending order of probability, from the history, epidemiology, clinical signs and/or lesions observed in individual sheep, goats, deer or camelids, or in flocks/herds of these animals;
  • submit appropriate samples for laboratory testing and interpret the test results for diseases and production limiting conditions that affect sheep, goats, deer and camelids;
  • demonstrate competence in the analysis of farm financial performance and of animal health and production records;
  • design a prevention program for diseases and production limiting conditions that commonly affect sheep, goats, deer and camelids; and
  • develop a disease control program that includes a realistic prognosis, treatment advice, consideration of chemical residues, and for commercial flocks an economic appraisal of the proposed program;
  • develop skills in disease investigation in flocks and herds, including disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention and identification of risk factors for the development of disease.
  • One 500-1000 word assignment to be submitted in the week following the intra-semester break (15%)
  • One 2-hour written paper at the end of Semester 1 (40%)
  • One 2-hour written paper at the end of Semester 2 (45%)

Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate mark.

Satisfactory completion of the assignment is compulsory.

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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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