Horses 2

Subject VETS40002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 lecture hours and up to 27 practical/tutorial hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 83 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.


Subject Overview:

Topics covered include assessment and management of horses with neurological signs, skin problems, cardiovascular problems, urinary tract problems, eye problems, anaemia, jaundice, oedema, weight loss, fever or exotic diseases; equine stud farm management and breeding; and special considerations for the assessment and management of foal and large draft breeds.


Students completing this subject should:

  • have a sound knowledge of the common equine diseases and diagnostic procedures;
  • be able to conduct a thorough and logical clinical investigation, based on the presenting sign(s), interpret the findings and arrive at a reasonable diagnosis;
  • be able to provide adequate treatment for all problems commonly encountered in equines;
  • be able to implement all common disease prevention strategies;
  • have a working knowledge of exotic equine infectious diseases most likely to threaten Australia and how to deal with a suspected case of same;
  • be able to complete an appropriate pre-purchase or insurance examination and certificate.

One 2-hour end of semester written paper (70%), two written equine case reports (10%) and assessment during the equine rotation (20%). 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:

After satisfactory completion of Horses 1 and Horses 2 students should have developed:

  • 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.

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