Applications in Animal Health 2

Subject VETS70008 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 432 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

472 hours.

  • Satisfactory completion of all subjects at DVM1 level

  • Completion of approved intensive residential course in animal handling and management.
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Core Participation Requirements:

Students should refer to the Core Participation Requirements statement for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:



Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to principles of animal health and production in the context of specific animal production industries.
During placement in animal production industry, animal welfare and zoo settings, students acquire skills in animal handling and observe and participate in a range of animal management practices. Integrating knowledge and understanding derived from every subject in their course, students evaluate issues relating to animal health, welfare and production and conduct critical analysis of data provided to them. Successful completion of this subject will be based on participation in the requisite number of approved placements and submission of written reports.


At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in handling and appropriate restraint of common domesticated animal species
  • Describe management systems appropriate for the care and well being of animals commonly farmed in Australian animal production industries
  • Evaluate the productivity of animal production systems
  • Critically appraise welfare implications of animal management practices
  • Completion of 12 weeks of approved placement* in Category A (extensive production industries), Category B (intensive production industries) or Category C (educational farms, welfare/small animal shelters & zoos). Students must complete a brief written (one page) summary of each extramural placement they visit.

  • One written report (maximum 1000 words) on one of the placements from Category A, B or C due in the third week of semester 1, (20%). Any student who submitted a 1,000 word report in DVM1 may not use the same enterprise for this report.

  • One written report (maximum 3000 words) providing literature review and an overview of the enterprise. This must be from a different category to that covered in the 1000 word report from semester 1. Due in the third week of semester 2. (50%)

  • A one hour written examination at the end of semester two (30%)

*Credit will be given for each week of placement to students with passes in Applications of Animal Health 1.

Hurdle requirement. Students must successfully complete the 12 weeks of approve placements and each assessment component within this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

At the completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse settings
  • be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method
  • be able to deal with integrity and honesty with colleagues, general public and clients
  • demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people
  • possess an understanding of both scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science
Related Course(s): Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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